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Avoid Electrical Fires

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Avoid Electrical Fires
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Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 6 to 8
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   6.39

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    daisy-chaining, prong, best, overload, stereo, hazardous, opener, modify, radio, extension, preventive, frayed, especially, computer, force, however


Avoid Electrical Fires
By Brenda B. Covert
  

1     You love your CD player, stereo, radio, TV, computer, and other things that use electricity. Many people enjoy those things. There's nothing wrong with that. The trouble comes when all those things are connected to the same outlet. This problem can also be found in kitchens. The cook may have a toaster oven, blender, food processor, bread maker, mixer, and electric can opener all plugged into the same outlet. It may not seem like a big deal. However, overloading a wall socket creates a fire hazard.
 
2     An electrical fire hazard means that current (excuse the pun) conditions could cause a fire to break out. To avoid such hazardous conditions, take the following steps:

1. Don't overload the wall sockets. One plug per outlet is the best way to reduce the chance of a fire.
2. Don't try to force a three-prong plug into a two-slot outlet. Don't even think of trying to modify the plug by removing a prong!
3. Check your cords for damage. Replace those that are worn, frayed, or that seem to have a short when you try to use them.
4. Just as regular outlets shouldn't be .....
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