Electric Safety at Home

Tangled power cords in an electrical outlet - #safetyfirst

Here are a few tips to stay safe at home:

  • Never put fingers or other objects in electric outlets. Cover outlets to keep children away.
  • Throw away old or frayed extension cords. They can cause a fire.
  • Never crowd electric outlets.
  • Install Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) safety outlets in bathrooms and kitchens. They monitor electric current and trip the circuit, cutting off electricity if there is a loss of current.
  • Keep electrical appliances away from water. Water and electricity do not mix.
  • Use light bulbs that are the proper wattage for the fixture. Improper wattage bulbs can cause an electrical fire.
  • Turn off appliances before unplugging them. Pull the plug, not the cord, when unplugging appliances.
  • Never use water to put out an electrical fire. Use the appropriate fire extinguisher.
  • Never tamper with your electric meter. It is illegal and unsafe.