Electrical fire in Maryland causes significant damage, death of pets

Blog Post created by lisabraxton Employee on Aug 24, 2016

electricalsafetytips(1).jpgTwo cats are dead in the aftermath of a fire at a townhouse this week in Edgewood, Maryland.
According to WBFF-TV, the electrical fire caused $80,000 in structural damage, and $20,000 in content lost. The home’s smoke alarm system was working.


Officials say the owner was outdoors doing yardwork when he saw the home on fire. Fire crews worked for 20 minutes to extinguish the blaze.


U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated annual average of 47,820 reported home
structure fires involving electrical failure or malfunction from 2007-2011. These fires resulted in 455 civilian deaths, 1,518 civilian injuries and $1.5 billion in direct property damage.


NFPA’s electrical safety information, the Electrical Safety tip sheet, and the community toolkit
on electrical safety
provide preventive measures to take to reduce the possibility of a home electrical fire.




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