Overloading electrical outlets can spark fires and be very dangerous. Taking some simple steps to prevent outlet overload can save a lot of damage, not to mention lives. Take this quiz to see if you are overloading your electrical outlets.

### How many household fires are caused by electrical outlet overloads each year in the U.S.?

### At what time of year do many electrical fires occur?

- Easter time
- Christmas time
- Halloween time

### How many volts of electricity flow through an average American home at any given time?

- 60 volts
- 90 volts
- 120 volts

### What do circuit breakers do?

- They reduce the amount of current.
- They regulate the amount of current.
- They increase the power of the current.

### At what amount of amps do circuit breakers regulate a circuit?

### What should you be take into account to prevent overloading a circuit?

- the number of outlets on one circuit
- how new the appliance is
- how old your home is

### How can you calculate the number of amps of current that your home is using?

- Divide the number of watts you are using by the number of volts in your house.
- Divide the number of volts in your house by the number of watts you are using.
- Multiply the number of watts you are using by the number of volts in your house.

### How much available current is it safe to use at a time?

- 70 percent
- 80 percent
- 90 percent

### Which of the following may contribute to a fire?

- winter weather
- faulty wiring
- both of the above

### When buying Christmas presents, what sort of products should you be wary of?

- heavily discounted electrical products
- counterfeit electrical products
- counterfeit perfumes

### When did Underwriters Laboratories begin testing and certifying electrical products for safety?

- 1905-03-07 23:00:00
- 1905-03-17 23:00:00
- 1905-03-27 23:00:00

### What may be a sign that a product is from a disreputable company?

- You recognize the brand name.
- There are spelling mistakes on the label.
- You bought it from a reputable appliance store.

### What sort of electrical products are more likely to overload a circuit?

- Christmas lights
- food mixers and processors
- hair dryers

### What happens to electrical wiring as a result of wasted heat?

- It burns.
- It expands and contracts.
- both of the above

### What temperatures can be reached by heat produced from an electrical arc?

- 150 degrees Fahrenheit (66 degrees Celsius)
- 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit (538 degrees Celsius)
- 1,500 degrees Fahrenheit (816 degrees Celsius)

### What happens to the humidity in the walls of a house during the winter?

- It increases.
- It decreases.
- It does not change.

### What should you do if an electrical fire breaks out?

- Leave the house.
- Always turn off the power.
- Try to put out the fire.

### Approximately how many watts would a 50-bulb string of Christmas lights generate?

- 10 watts
- 25 watts
- 50 watts

### What should you look out for on your electrical appliances?

- broken buttons or knobs
- frayed wires
- low wattage

### Which simple measure can you take to prevent overloading an outlet?

- Use power adaptors.
- Use space heaters instead of fire places.
- Unplug devices if they are not needed.