Try the all-new QuickBooks Online for FREE.  No credit card required.

Preventing Your Electronics from being a Fire Hazard

Document Sample
Preventing Your Electronics from being a Fire Hazard Powered By Docstoc
					Preventing Your Electronics from being a Fire Hazard

Any given home is likely to be filled with electronics devices. As a society, we tend to rely on these
objects to enjoy our leisure time, as well as making it so that our work time can be effective and

Electronics are Hazards
While industry standards are very demanding when it comes to ensuring that electronics are fire safe,
the fact of the matter is that they still have the potential to cause issues. When you look at it
pragmatically, you are using pure energy in the form of electricity to power these devices.

As such, it is worth investigating these devices in greater detail, in order to better understand the use
and their potential to be a fire hazard. First of all, the condition that the equipment is in is going to
dictate how much of a fire hazard it is.

If you let lots of dust accumulate on electronics, you are providing flash fuel if there is any kind of fire
issue. Likewise, broken equipment is going to be much more vulnerable to igniting in some way. Also, if
you are in a wet climate, like Atlanta, fire damage potential can increase when electronics are active in
the event of your home flooding.

As such, it is essential that people make an effort to keep their electronics in good repair at all times.
Make sure to periodically clean them and do diagnostic work in order to check and see if they are in the
best working condition.

                                                         Broken Cords
                                                         One of the biggest hazards which has to do with
                                                         electronics is broken or kinked cords which are
                                                         plugged in and utilized. These are very common,
                                                         especially when it comes to laptop cords which
                                                         have been run over by chairs a few times.

                                                         This kind of incident is likely to happen to just
                                                         about anyone, through no real fault of their own.
                                                         Be warned- a kinked cords can superheat, melt
                                                         its casing, and spark- leading to the possibility of
burns and fire alike.

Another issue that people will run into with their electronics is improper usage. For example, putting
gaming consoles or computers on a carpeted floor can superheat their insides, since the conduction of
heat is more powerful than their built in fans.

Outlets are another source of issues when it comes to fire potential. If people overload their sockets
with electrical octopuses and surge protectors, then they run the risk of overloading the outlet to the
point where it might behave unpredictably.
It is best to make moderate use of several outlets rather than completely overload a single one. This is
very common when it comes to computer desks and entertainment centers, where there tends to be a
lot of objects which need to be plugged in simultaneously in order to work.

Take note of these possible issues when it comes to these devices. By making an effort to be safer with
them, you will not only increase safety, but also will extend the useful lifespan of your equipment for
years to come.

It is always better to prevent a fire hazard than to have to deal with the damage that it can do. Take the
initiative to ensure a better experience overall.

Description: Electronic devices are very useful, but if not taken care of they can become active fire hazards. Learn what you can do to prevent fire damage to your home.