According to the NFPA:
U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated annual average of 47,820 reported home structure fires involving electrical failure or malfunction in 2007-2011. These fires resulted in 455 civilian deaths, 1,518 civilian injuries and $1.5 billion in direct property damage. Below are some useful tips to help reduce the risk of fire damage and injury.
- Replace or repair damaged or loose electrical cords.
- Avoid using extension cords for extended periods of time, or running them underneath carpets or across hallways.
- Consider having additional circuits or outlets added by a qualified electrician so you do not have to use extension cords.
- Follow the manufacturer's instruc...