How can consumers protect themselves from electricity-related injuries?

Consumers should check for problems in their homes' electrical systems. They should check outlets and extension cords to make sure they aren't overloaded. They should examine electrical cords to make sure that they aren't frayed or damaged or placed under rugs or carpets. They should make sure that the proper wattage light bulbs are being used in the light fixtures and lamps. They should consider installing Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs). And one of the most important precautions consumers can take is to make sure the batteries in their smoke detectors are working properly.

Identifying Potential Hazards

Consumers can identify and correct many potential hazards themselves. They can check to see that lamps and extension cords aren't cracked, frayed or covered by rugs or furniture. The wattage of light bulbs should be checked to determine that the wattage is appropriate for the lighting fixtures. And consumers can check to see that electrical appliances are kept away from damp and hot surfaces and have appropriate air circulation.

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1. What is the trend in deaths and injuries associated with electrical appliances and residential electrical systems?
2. What are the injuries, deaths, and fires associated with some of the items consumers are recommended to "check up" annually?
3. How can consumers protect themselves from electricity-related injuries?