Contractor shares tips for electrical safety

JACKSON, Tenn. — The month of May marks the beginning of Electrical Safety Awareness Month.

On average, 53,000 house fires occur each year and can usually be prevented by following a few steps.

First, make sure the cords and your outlets are in good condition. Replace any cords that may need replacing, as well as plugs.

Place GFCI outlets in wet conditions to prevent electrical shock from ground wires and AFCI outlets in common locations that prevent electrical fires from starting.

The most common place for home fires caused by electricity is the bedroom and living room.

“It’s really very important to prevent electrocution, electric shock when you’re working or doing things around the house. Of course, electrical fires are the most common type of home fire in America and can be prevented if you have the proper equipment,” said Skip Bedel, licensed professional contractor and television personality.

Make sure any outdoor cords or outlets are also weatherproof. If you need to change outlets, be sure to turn off your circuit breaker panel first.

The plug-changing process only takes a few minutes and can save your life in the long run.

Most common electrical equipment can be purchased at supermarkets like Lowe’s and Walmart.

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