FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
As Springfield residents begin spring cleaning, the Springfield Fire Department encourages you to inspect your home’s indoor and outdoor electrical devices. In 2020, the Fire Department responded to 21 structure fires caused by electrical malfunctions. Most electrical fires can be avoided with the following safety tips:
- Always follow appliance instructions. Understanding how to properly use your appliances improves performance of the device and your personal safety.
- Plug appliances directly into wall outlet, never an extension cord. Unplug any appliances not currently in use to reduce risk.
- Do not overload electrical sockets.
- Extension cords should only be used temporarily.
- Replace brittle, frayed or worn cords.
- Always keep electrical cords away from water. Water and electricity do not mix!
- If you have small children, consider plug protectors or safety caps to reduce accidents.
- If your plans include digging, remember to contact Missouri One Call 1-800-Dig-Rite or 811. This free service can prevent damages that may result in fines, utility service interruption and injury or even death.
“If you have any electrical concerns in your home, we recommend you contact a qualified electrician immediately,” says Division Chief Kevin Trogdon. “These concerns can include items like frequent blown fuses or circuit breakers, a tingling feeling in your hands when you touch an electrical appliance, discolored or warm wall outlets, flickering or dimming lights and sparks from outlets.
The Fire Department provides free smoke alarms to Springfield residents which can be requested by calling Fire Department Headquarters at 417-874-2300 or by email to [email protected]
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