Electric power gives us light and warmth,
but without safety precautions, it can also be dangerous.
Are Your Electrical Appliances Safe?
Repair or dispose of appliances that exhibit any of these danger signs:
and Water Don’t Mix
- Broken or damaged outlets or switches
cords with exposed wires
- Loose electrical plugs
- Damaged extension cords
What about storms?
- 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.
it’s mounted in the wall, do not use an electrical heater for warmth in the bathroom.
- Do not have electrical cords or appliances near a swimming pool.
- The most common cause of power outages are trees branches downing power lines, so be aware of any large limbs threatening
the ones near your home. Never try to trim them yourself – call your local power company to make them aware of the problem
and schedule a time for them to prune them.
- If power is lost during
a storm, turn off or unplug electrical appliances so there is not a power surge when the electricity is restored.
- If there is flooding, check carefully for water around electrical items and never use
appliances if they are wet.
- After a storm, report fallen power
lines and stay clear of them until they are repaired.
Holiday Electrical Safety
- Coming into contact with overhead power lines
can be fatal, so be very cautious!
- Never play with kites or toy
planes near overhead power lines. If a toy happens to get caught in a power line, do not attempt to remove it yourself. Call
your power company instead.
- Watch out for power lines if you are
carrying tall metal items like ladders, or if you are installing something on a roof, like antennas.
- Displaying lights and other decorations is a holiday tradition that can be hazardous if you are
- Do not use nails or staples to secure light strings
or electrical cords.
- Avoid overload extension cords or electrical
outlets, and keep an eye out for frayed extension cords.
- Do not
connect more than three strings of lights together.
- Keep trees
and any other flammable decorations away from heat sources like fireplaces and radiators.
- Turn off your decorations when you are sleeping or away from home. Use programmable timers to make
sure you don’t forget.
- Plug all outdoor electric decorations
into grounded circuits to avoid potential shocks.
- Do not string
lights on trees that are near power lines.
- When using lights on
the exterior of your home, point the sockets down to avoid water collecting in them. You should also wrap a plastic bag around
any exposed connections.