#TBT From The NFPA Archives: Dangers of Overloaded Wiring

Blog Post created by jrodowicz Employee on May 2, 2019

Since May is National Electrical Safety Month, we thought we would look back at some of NFPA’s historic messaging. Pictured above is a classic public service advertisement from 1955 declaring the dangers of frayed electrical cords and overloaded wiring systems.

According to NFPA’s latest Home Electrical Fires report, “Aging electrical systems in older homes can be a source of arc faults, either through normal wear and tear or because the systems cannot accommodate the greater demands of modern appliances. Circuits can also be overloaded by providing electricity to too many appliances, often through power cords.


For more information regarding this and other moments in fire history, please feel free to reach out to the NFPA Research Library & Archives. 

The NFPA Archives houses all of NFPA's publications, both current and historic. 

Library staff are available to answer research questions from members and the general public.