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Fire officials offer electrical safety tips

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - As temperatures across Tennessee dip below freezing, the state fire marshal's office is offering some electrical safety tips.

Last year, officials say 472 structure fires involving electrical distribution or lighting equipment were reported in Tennessee. Those fires resulted in six deaths and nine injuries, as well as more than $15 million in direct property damage.

Fire officials say steps to prevent electrical fires include:

Routinely checking the wiring of electrical appliances, and replacing all worn or damaged appliance cords.

Use only surge protectors or power strips that have internal overload protection and that also bear the label of a recognized testing laboratory.

Use light bulbs that match the recommended wattage on the lamp or fixture.

For more fire prevention tips, visit: http://www.tn.gov/fire .

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