Electric power gives us light and warmth, but without safety precautions, it can also be dangerous. The following simple precautions can help insure you and your family's safety.
Electrical Safety Precautions
- Replace or repair loose or frayed cords on all electrical devices.
- Avoid running extension cords across doorways or under carpets.
- In homes with small children, electrical outlets should have plastic safety covers.
- Follow the manufacturer's instructions for plugging an appliance into a receptacle outlet.
- 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 an electrician.
- When possible, avoid the use of "cube taps" and other devices that allow the connection of multiple appliances into a single receptacle.
- Place lamps on level surfaces, away from things that can burn and use bulbs that match the lamp's recommended wattage.
- 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.
Electrical Safety Near Water
- Never touch anything electrical when you have wet hands.
- Don't use electrical appliances such as hair dryers or radios in a wet place or near water.
- If there's flooding, watch out for water around electrical items, and never use appliances if they're wet.
Power Line Precautions
- Never play with kites or toy 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 yourself that are near power lines.