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Safety precautions for students attending school remotely

ALPENA, Mich. — As students are attending school remotely this fall, the National Fire Protection Association is urging them to use caution when charging laptops and other electronic devices at home.

NFPA said with more students attending class remotely and families continuing to work from home, households may be charging electrical devises more than usual.  According to NFPA, an estimated 900 computer or computer equipment fires occurred in U.S. homes each year between 2014 to 2018.  This resulted in 50 civilian injuries and 50 million dollars in direct property damage.

Community Risk Reduction Officer, Andy Marceau provided tips and reminders on proper use on charging electrical devices.  Marceau adds to not charge your phone all night long as this can overheat the chord causing a fire.  He said with many children being home alone, it is important that they follow these precautions.