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Danger at the Outlet

Now that summer is over and the kids are back to school, IDT Energy wants parents to be aware of the basic safety rules when using electricity, electrical appliances and electric outlets.

A particular point of interest as far as safety is concerned is electrical outlets. These amazing household objects bring essential electricity into our homes, and make modern life possible.

We should never take for granted the potential for harm these simple receptacles present. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, about 3,900 injuries a year which required hospital emergency room visits are connected to the use of electrical outlets.

The most common accident is caused when a child puts a small metal object, such as a pin, key, or something else, into the outlet. As a result the child receives a burn or electric shock to his hand or finger. These types of accidents account for about one third of mishaps with outlets.
Fires can also begin at the electric receptacle. The CPSC says that there are about 5,300 fires in which electrical outlets play a role. As a result of these fires each year about 40 people die and about 110 people are injured.

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