Recently, my husband tried to install a new lighting fixture in our living room. The old one didn't work properly - the light bulbs kept exploding. I thought this was odd, but we simply stopped using it and I didn't think too much about it. That is, until Itinerant Cryptographer took the fixture away and water poured out. Yikes!
October is Fire Safety Month in the United States, a perfect time to inspect the wiring in your home to make sure that you don't have any problems like mine. Along with our dangerously defective lighting fixture, my husband discovered that one of our kitchen outlets was not up to code. It was missing the ground wire, so he installed a ground fault interrupter on the outlet to prevent the possibility of electrical shock.
In the U.S., October 7 - 13, 2012 is Fire Prevention Week. This year's theme is Have 2 Ways Out, to encourage families to practice how to safely escape during a fire and to plan an alternate route in case your primary means of escape is blocked by fire or smoke. Start your escape plan now with these tips from the National Fire Protection Association and be sure to download a Fire Safety Checklist. Sparky the Fire Dog®even has his own webpage, where you can send e-cards, learn All About Fire Trucks, play games about fire safety, and more!