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Electric fires are one of the most common causes of home damage. Overloaded outlets, faulty wiring, substandard electrical appliances are easy fire starters in any modern home. Unfortunately, home security systems do not protect against all these risks. By following these simple rules and adopting them in your daily routine, you can save yourself a lot of risk of having to deal with an electrical fire in your family's home. With the services of a Tulsa residential contractor or OKC residential contractor, you can minimize the risk of an electric fire.

Lighting:
- Always use the right bulbs.
- Always check and use the appropriate power.
- Screw the bulbs firmly, as the bulbs can produce short circuits and / or sparks.
- Turn off and even unplug any light fixture before changing the light bulb.

Appliances:
- Make sure all appliances in the house have the correct fuse.
- Look for the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) label on all devices - because this product safety testing organization is a trusted source.
- Unplug rarely used appliances and keep cords out of reach of water, children and pets.
- Unplug small appliances such as coffee makers, toasters, etc. after use and store them instead of letting them clutter the counter.
- Unplug all appliances before cleaning.
- Unplug any equipment that produces a small shock.
- Never put clothing or other flammable items on hot appliances.
- Keep all appliances away from sinks, tubs, etc.
- Make sure all non-essential devices are turned off and / or unplugged before going to bed.

Ropes and Wires:
- Do not put the extensions under the rug, as you will never be able to check that they are in good condition. The heat under the carpet can also easily cause a fire.
- Check the burn marks on the sockets and plugs.
- Use plastic plugs on all unused outlets or use cover plates.
- Never carry or disconnect an object by its cord.
- Replace frayed or brittle cords immediately. Do not use the appliance before replacing the cord.
- Do not remove the third pin from a three-pin plug.
- Use ground fault circuit interrupters to protect yourself from shocks.
- Extension cords are not intended to be permanent cabling solutions.
- Never leave furniture on cables and wires.
- Never overload the plugs with cords. Never pinch a plug into a socket when it is not properly inserted.

Other safety tips:
- Do not touch a person who has been shocked because the shock can spread by contact.
- Use fire extinguishers or baking soda for electric fires. Never use water.
- Do not attempt electrical repairs without proper experience.
- Know the fuse boxes and circuit breakers in your home and know how to use them.
- Teach your children electrical safety.

Electricity is an essential and indispensable part of our lives. From alarm clocks to televisions, computers to toasters, the modern house is full of potential firelighters. Be aware of possible hazards in your home and protect your family from electric fires. You can consult a Tulsa electrical contractor to give you advice and way forward on electrical and electrical appliances installation. 

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