Golder Ranch Fire District

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.    

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