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Avoid a Fire by Turning Off Lights in the Home

1/3/2020 (Permalink)

blue house with lights left on Light Safety Advice in the Home

Turn lights off in your home to avoid a house fire. Many people leave their lights on through the day or the night for several reasons.  When vacationing or leaving the home for a time period, many of us will leave a light on to trick house intruders into thinking we are home. Often, we will use a bathroom or hall light as a night light in case we need to get up in the middle of the night. It could even be as simple as leaving a room intending to still use the room and being distracted to not return to turn off the light. Not only will you save on your electric bill but turning off lights in the home prevents household fires.

House fires from lights being left on are not only worrisome because of lightbulbs heating.  A lamp can get knocked over by a pet or just because it is not securely on a table, floor lamps get knocked over easy as the carpet they rest upon are often an unsteady surface, wiring can fry and a spark can catch onto the carpet or close hanging drapes. Despite the reasoning, there are measures you can take to avoid a house fire due to lights being left on.

Light Safety Advice

  • Turn off lights when not in use
  • Read lightbulb manufacturer instructions
  • Ensure lamps are on a sturdy surface and not near other materials
  • When vacationing use a modern light timer to eliminate the need of lights being constantly turned on
  • Ensure lightbulbs are the correct wattage for the lamp or fixture in use
  • Ensure that lightbulbs are screwed in properly and are secure. Loose bulbs can easily overheat

Following these tips will be instrumental for you in fire safety with lights and light bulbs. 

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