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Electrical Fire Safety

Electricity has been available in New Brunswick for 100 years but is still a major cause of home fires. Follow these safety tips to reduce your chance of an electrical fire.

  • Have all electrical work done by a qualified electrician.
  • Do not overload circuits:
    o  Plug only one heat producing appliance (coffee maker, toaster, space heater) into a receptacle.
    o   When using a power bar or multi-plug adapter be aware of the current load you are placing on the circuit
    o   Don't daisy chain power bars (plug a power bar into another power bar)
  • Major appliances (refrigerators, dryers, washers, air conditioners) should be plugged directly into the wall receptacle outlet.
  • Extension cords should only be used for temporary use. Have an electrician install more receptacles instead of using an extension cord for long-term use.

Learn more about electrical safety from this NFPA fact sheet