Electrical Safety Tips
Since a third of all home fires are caused by electrical installations, it’s important that your electrical system is safe. This includes grounding, surge protection, use of extension cords and all other wiring. Electric power gives us light and heat/AC, but without safety precautions, it can also be dangerous. Follow these simple precautions to help ensure you and your family’s safety:
  • Avoid running extension cords across walkways or under rugs or carpets.
  • Call 811 before doing any project that requires digging.
  • If outlets or switches are warm to the touch, shut off the circuit and have them checked by an electrician.
  • If power is lost during a storm, turn off or unplug electrical appliances so that there’s not a power surge when the electricity returns.
  • Don’t use electrical devices in wet places or near water.
  • In case of flooding, turn off power to electrical devices in the affected area.
  • Never touch anything electrical with wet hands.
  • Never play with kites or RC planes near overhead power lines.
  • If a toy happens to get caught in a power line, don’t attempt to remove it yourself.
  • Never prune trees near power lines yourself.
  • Replace or repair damaged cords or plug ends on all electrical devices.
  • To prevent injury to small children, place plastic safety covers in all electrical outlets.
  • To avoid overloading circuits, plug only one high-wattage appliance into each outlet at a time.
  • To avoid overloading circuits, limit the use of “cube taps” and outlet strips that allow the connection of multiple appliances into a single receptacle.
  • Place lamps on level surfaces, away from things that can burn.
  • Use bulbs that are less than or equal to the lamp’s recommended wattage.