Always hire a licensed professional to make repairs or modifications to your home’s electrical system.

 

 Cords:

 

§         Extension Cords used outdoors should be specifically marked for outdoor use to protect against harmful or fatal shocks.

 

§         Extension cords should not be used as permanent wiring.  Install additional permanent outlets if necessary.

 

§         Avoid running extension cords across doorways or under carpets where they can become a trip hazard.

 

§         Never make modifications to a cord’s plug at any time.

 

§         Extension cords are a temporary solution only and their use should be minimized whenever possible.

 

§         Check cords regularly for frays, cracks or kinks, including power tool cords, holiday lights and extension cords.

 

§         Cords should not be jump ropes, clothes lines or leashes and should never be used for anything other than their intended purpose.

 

§         Do not place any equipment or furniture on cords as this can damage the cord and cause a fire.

 

§         Keep cords, fans and electrical equipment out of reach of children and animals.

 

§         All extension cords should have a 3-prong plug and receptacle to protect against harmful shock.

 

§         Cords should not hang over countertops where children can pull electrical appliances down on themselves.

 

Appliances:

 

§         Never operate an electrical appliance with wet hands or while standing in water.

 

§         Follow the safety instructions that are provided with new electrical appliances.  Pay attention to safety markings on electrical equipment and be sure you understand them.

 

§         Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for plugging an appliance into a receptacle outlet.

 

§         If power is lost during a storm, turn off or unplug electrical appliances so that there’s not a power surge when the electricity comes back on.

 

Outlets:

 

§         All receptacles and switches should be unbroken and in good condition to prevent harmful or fatal shocks.

 

§         All receptacles and switches should have undamaged wall plates to prevent exposure to live wiring.

 

§         Plugs should fit tightly in outlets.  Worn receptacles with loose fitting plugs can overheat and cause a fire.

 

§         Use 3-pronged plugs properly.  The third prong is there because the appliance must be grounded to prevent electrical shocks.

 

§         Avoid overloading outlets.  Consider plugging only one high-wattage appliance into each receptacle outlet at a time.

§         If outlets or switches feel warm, shut off the circuit and have them checked by a licensed electrician.

 

§         When possible, avoid using power strips and other devices that allow the connection of multiple appliances into a single receptacle.

 

§         Install ground fault interrupter (GFCI) outlets in potentially hazardous areas such as near pools, crawlspaces, kitchens, bathrooms and unfinished basements. 

 

§         In homes with small children, electrical outlets should have plastic safety covers.

 

Light Bulbs:

 

§         Use bulbs that have the correct wattage requirements for each fixture (check label).  Using a higher wattage bulb can cause the fixture to overheat.

 

§         Always screw bulbs in tightly; a loose bulb can cause sparks.

 

§         Be sure to unplug or turn off a fixture completely before changing light bulbs.

 

§         Place lamps on level surfaces, away from things that can burn.

 

Outdoors:

 

§         Keep trees pruned and away from power lines overhead as well as where power lines approach the house.

 

§         Do not fly kites, model aircrafts or balloons near power lines.

 

§         When using a ladder, carefully inspect the surrounding area to be sure it is free from power lines.  Use fiberglass ladders instead of metal ladders whenever you change light bulbs or do any other work around electricity.

 

§         Verify the location of all buried or embedded electrical circuit before digging or cutting.

 

§         If someone is shocked by electricity, disconnect the power source by shutting off the circuit breaker.  Never try to grab the person or move a power line with any object until the power is turned off, or you may be electrocuted.

 

§         Do not approach a downed power line to see if it is live – it may give no signs that can be easily observed, but it is just as deadly.  Contact the authorities immediately about downed lines.

 


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