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?
How many volts of electricity flow through an average American home at any given time?
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?
Which of the following may contribute to a fire?
both of the above
When buying Christmas presents, what sort of products should you be wary of?
heavily discounted electrical products
counterfeit electrical products
When did Underwriters Laboratories begin testing and certifying electrical products for safety?
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?
food mixers and processors
What happens to electrical wiring as a result of wasted heat?
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 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?
What should you look out for on your electrical appliances?
broken buttons or knobs
Which simple measure can you take to prevent overloading an outlet?