The Peninsula, an assisted living and memory support community, is fortunate to have a long-standing relationship with the City of Pembroke Park and the Pembroke Park Fire Department to bring public safety education to residents, employees and the general public.
On the third Friday of each month, Ann Zuker with the Fire Department comes to The Peninsula to speak on a variety of safety issues, and the public is invited to attend.
This month, and especially fitting for the holidays, her topic is electrical safety and she will speak on Friday, December 19 at 2 p.m. If you would like to attend her lecture, please call 954.893.7755 to let us know.
In addition to helpful tips about electrical safety during the holidays, she will also share home safety tips to prevent home fires due to electrical issues.
U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 50,000 reported home structure fires annually involving electrical failure or malfunction between 2007-2011. These have claimed almost 500 lives, injuring more than 1,400 people and causing more than $1.3 billion in property damage (National Fire Protection Association). Additionally,nearly 400 people are electrocuted each year.
Education is key in prevention and Ann’s tips are important for everyone. For example:
Replace or repair damaged or loose electrical cords.
Avoid running extension cords across doorways or under carpets.
Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for plugging an appliance into a receptacle outlet.
Avoid overloading outlets. Plug only one high-wattage appliance into each receptacle outlet at a time.
Place lamps on level surfaces, away from things that can burn and use bulbs that match the lamp’s recommended wattage.
Our caregivers at The Peninsula keep a watchful eye on our residents to make sure their residences are safe but everyone can benefit from reminders about home safety.