Fire Service issues safety tips in wake of electrical fires

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The Guyana Fire Service says it has taken note of several recent reports of electrical fires at various parts of the country and is urging citizens to take the necessary precautions to avoid these tragedies and damage to properties.

Some of the main contributing factors of electrical fires include:

– Slack connections
– Overloading of circuits
– Malfunction of electrical appliances
– Inferior drop cords or circuit strips
– Illegal connections

Electrical fires are especially dangerous because they can happen at any time if enough care and attention is not exercised towards electrical outlets and appliances.

Follow these safety tips to avoid electrical fires:

– DESIST FROM USING ILLEGAL CONNECTIONS FOR ELECTRICITY.
– Inform the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) immediately of any external faulty electrical problem.
– Ensure all electrical cables are placed in a conduit (pvc pipe)
– Always use certified electricians to conduct and certify electrical works.
– It is recommended that buildings are inspected every five years by certified electrical inspectors to retest and certify the capabilities of all electrical connections.
– Desist from overloading the electrical system.
– Ensure the quality of circuit strips, wiring and electrical appliances used is of the highest standard.
– Avoid prolonged use of electrical appliances and remember to shut off and disconnect after use.

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