Electrical fire safety outreach materials

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Facts about home electrical fires

  • U.S. fire departments respond each year to an estimated 25,900 home electrical fires. These fires cause an estimated 280 deaths, 1,125 injuries and $1.1 billion in property loss.
  • Home electrical fires result in greater dollar loss per fire than nonelectrical fires.
  • In 79 percent of home electrical fires, the fire spreads beyond the object where the fire starts.
  • Most home electrical fires involve electrical distribution, lighting or power transfer equipment.
  • Thirty-nine percent of home electrical fires involve outlets and receptacles, electrical branch circuits (for example, interior house wiring), and other electrical wiring.

Handout: prevent home electrical fires

Focus on Fire Safety: Electrical Fire Safety

Download this handout (PDF, 501 Kb) and customize with your organization's logo

Outreach materials from the U.S. Fire Administration

Help increase awareness about dangerous home electrical fires in your community with these messages and free materials.

Public service announcement: home electrical fire safety

Stock photography

Use these free, high resolution photos to customize your materials and help spread the word in your community about home electrical fire safety.

Visit the electrical fire safety photo gallery

Visit the appliance fire safety photo gallery

Social media messages

Copy and paste these messages to your social media accounts and ask your followers to share.



Electrical failure or malfunction is a leading cause of home fires year after year. Knowledge and awareness are the keys to protecting your family from these fires. Learn about electrical fire safety at http://www.usfa.fema.gov/citizens/home_fire_prev/electrical.shtm

Fire Prevention and Public Education Exchange

The Exchange serves as a centralized location for national, state and local fire prevention and life safety practices and public education materials that organizations may wish to share with other communities. Visit the Exchange.

Outreach materials from other organizations

The U.S. Fire Administration recommends the following organizations as trusted and reliable sources for free outreach materials you can use to help increase awareness about home electrical fires in your community.

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