Electrical Fire Safety: Prepare & Prevent

Firefighters Hosing Fire

Home fires started by malfunctioning electric appliances and faulty wiring kill nearly 500 Americans each year and cause $1.3 billion in property damage. But many electrical fires can be prevented simply by following basic safety practices and being aware. Electrical wiring consists of metal wires that conduct, or move electricity from place to place, and materials like rubber, that insulate the conductors and keep electricity from escaping its intended path.