With more students attending school remotely, use of electronic devices increase risk of electrical fires

Oct. 6, 2020 -- With many families utilizing remote learning this fall, West Kentucky Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation joins the National Fire Protection Association in urging added caution when using and charging laptops and other digital devices at home. According to NFPA’s most recent electrical fires report, about 900 computer or computer equipment fires occur in U.S. homes each year, leading to injuries and millions of dollars in property losses.

When it comes to using and charging laptops, smartphones and other digital devices, following simple precautions can help minimize the risk of electrical fires:

  • Use only the charging cord that came with the device, avoid cords with conductive jackets.
  • Discontinue use if device or charger becomes excessively hot or emits a burning smell.
  • Make sure electrical cords and wires are in good condition. Discard frayed or damaged cords.
  • Unplug devices when not in use to save energy and minimize the risk of shock and fire.
  • Ensure that the plug is fully inserted into the outlet and remains that way while in use

Call WKRECC or a qualified electrician immediately when experiencing any of the following:

  • Frequent problems with blowing fuses or tripping circuit breakers
  • Discolored or warm wall outlets
  • Flickering or dimming lights
  • Sparks from an outlet
  • A plug no longer stays plugged into an outlet on its own

If you have questions about electrical safety, reach out to WKRECC for more advice and information.

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West Kentucky RECC is a community-focused electric cooperative created to deliver affordable, reliable, and sustainable energy to more than 38,000 homes, businesses, farms, and schools. West Kentucky RECC is owned and led by the members we serve in Calloway, Carlisle, Graves, and Marshall counties and distributes energy generated by the Tennessee Valley Authority.