Hale Fire Protection District

Appliance and Electrical

Keeping your home safe is important, and that means ensuring your appliances and electrical wires are working well and up-to-date.

Appliances and electrical systems are an integral part of our daily lives, but they can also pose a serious risk of fire. Electrical fires can start unexpectedly and spread quickly, endangering lives, destroying property, and causing significant financial losses. Therefore, it is essential to prioritize appliance and electrical fire prevention measures to avoid such dire consequences. Simple steps, such as regular inspection, repairing, and maintenance of electrical systems, avoiding overloading of electrical circuits, using high-quality appliances, and being vigilant and cautious around electrical equipment, can significantly decrease the probability of electrical fires. Educating oneself about electrical safety and taking preventative measures to mitigate the risks of electrical fires can contribute to a safer and more secure environment for oneself and others.

Appliance and Electrical

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Electrical Outlet Safety

    • Do not overload outlets.
    • Insert plugs fully into sockets.
    • Never force a 3-prong cord into a 2-slot outlet.
    • Install tamper-resistant electrical outlets if you have young children.
    • Replace wall outlets if plugs do not fit snugly.


    • Always plug major appliances — refrigerators, stoves, washers and dryers — directly into a wall outlet.
    • Never use an extension cord with a major appliance. The extension cord can overheat and start a fire.
    • Unplug small appliances when you are not using them.
    • Keep anything that can burn away from lamps, light fixtures, and light bulbs.
    • Use lightbulbs that match the recommended wattage on the lamp or fixture.
    • If the appliance has a cracked, damaged, or loose cord, replace the appliance.

Extension cord, power strips and surge protection safety

    • Do not overload power strips.
    • Use power strips that have internal overload protection.
    • Replace worn, old, or damaged extension cords right away.
    • Avoid putting cords where they can be damaged or pinched, like under a carpet or rug.

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