Safeguard Your Home by Eliminating Electrical Hazards

LIBERTY, June 2, 2013 - AUSTIN - The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) recommends all Texans take a few minutes to safeguard their families by eliminating any electrical hazards. According to the National Fire Protection Association, home electrical problems in the United States account for more than 51,000 fires each year, resulting in more than 490 deaths, 1,400 injuries, and $1.3 billion in property damage.

TDLR urges following these tips to keep your family safe:

Always have a licensed electrical contractor with licensed electricians perform your electrical work. Licensed electrical contractors and electricians in Texas have passed the state examination, passed a criminal background check, and completed the required continuing education needed to renew their license.
Replace or repair damaged or loose electrical cords.

Avoid running extension cords across doorways or under carpets.

Have additional circuits or outlets added by a licensed contractor so you do not have to use extension cords.

In homes with small children, make sure your home has tamper-resistant electrical outlets.

Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for plugging an appliance into an outlet.
Avoid overloading outlets. Plug only one high-wattage appliance into each outlet at a time.

If outlets or switches feel warm, or you have frequent problems with blowing fuses or tripping circuits, or flickering or dimming lights, call a licensed electrical contractor.

Place lamps on level surfaces away from things that can burn and use bulbs that match the lamp’s recommended wattage.

Make sure your home has ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) in the kitchen, bathroom(s), laundry, basement, and outdoor areas.

To find a licensed electrical contractor in your area visit TDLR’s website at: You can also perform a search on the website for any past violations and final orders for TDLR licensees.


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