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December 20, 2013
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JFB urges J'cans to check electrical wiring

If you have plans to install Christmas lights for the holiday season, the Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB) is urging consumers to have their wiring checked to prevent fires.

Assistant superintendent in charge of communication at the fire brigade, Emilio Ebanks, said there has been an increase in electrical fires, over the years, due to faulty wiring.

Ebanks said the number of electrical fires is a huge concern for the department, especially as a large portion are avoidable.

He said where a house has been wired for more than five years, a licensed electrician should do a full check of the electrical infrastructure every year.

Ebanks has urged persons to check decorative lights before install this season, and pointed out that there is a chance that these lights may become compromised during storage and, as such, exposed lines may interact, resulting in a fire.

He has cautioned persons against the stacking of decorative lights on each other, as this may overload the electrical circuit, which can lead to overheating and, eventually, a fire.

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