Much of the technology in our homes is very useful and makes our everyday lives easier. Occasionally, a lack of attention to detail or carelessness can put our families at risk for electrocution or even a fire. The following electrical safety tips should be used to help prevent your family from injury.
• Only plug one heat-producing appliance (such as a coffee maker, toaster, space heater, etc.) into a receptacle outlet at a time.
• Buy only appliances that have the label of a recognized testing laboratory.
• Replace cracked and damaged electrical cords.
• Avoid pinching cords against walls or furniture or running them under carpets or across doorways. This can cause a fire.
• Use extension cords for temporary wiring only.
• Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for plugging an appliance into a receptacle outlet.
• Avoid overloading outlets. Plug only one high-wattage appliance into each receptacle outlet at a time.
• If an appliance is malfunctioning, unplug it if it is safe to do so. If necessary, cut off power by unscrewing a fuse or turning off the circuit breaker.
• Keep ladders away from overhead power lines including the electrical service into your home.
• Report downed power lines to authorities.