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Electrical Safety

  • If a fuse blows, or a circuit breaker is tripped, do not just replace or reset it. Find out what caused the circuit to overload and correct the problem immediately.
  • Replace a fuse with one that is the correct amperage rating for the given circuit.
  • When using high-amperage appliances such as irons or other heat-producing items, plug only one at a time in to the receptacle.
  • Never replace a fuse with a penny or any other material that conducts electricity.
  • Test and reset GFCI “Ground-fault Circuit Interrupter” monthly to ensure they are working properly.
  • A licensed electrician should replace old or damaged outlets with three wire, polarized receptacles.
  • Plugs should match outlets
  • Never cut or bend the ground pin of a three-pronged plug.
  • Never alter the wide prong of a polarized plug to make it fit into an outdated outlet.
  • Install plastic safety inserts into unused outlets when small children are present.
  • Only use appliances that bear the label of an independent testing laboratory, indicating that they meet basic safety standards and use. (e.g. Factory Mutual, Underwriters Laboratory)
  • Keep all heat producing appliances three feet away from combustible materials.
  • Allow air space around T.V., computer and stereo system to prevent overheating.
  • Unplug all appliances not in use.
  • Avoid using several high amperage appliances on the same circuit.
  • Be aware of discoloration on walls and outlets.
  • Be cautious of burning smell or unusual odor from wiring and outlets.
  • Use light bulbs that are the correct wattage for a lamp or fixture.
  • Be aware of flickering lights. Call the power company or a licensed electrician to attend to the problem.
  • Detachable appliance cords should be rated for the electrical load requirements of that appliance.
  • Do not run electrical cords in traffic paths or in areas where children play.
  • Replace cords that are cracked, frayed or damaged.
  • Never pinch an electrical cord against walls or furniture.
  • Do not run electrical or extension cords under carpets or rugs.
  • Only use GFCI protected outlets outside with weatherproof covers.
  • Do not run outdoor extension cords across the lawn or driveway.
  • When using extension cords outside make sure that they are listed for outdoor use and plug them into GCFI outlets only.
  • Outdoor lighting should be plugged into a permanent weatherproof circuit.
  • Never use electrical appliances outdoors in wet weather or when the ground is wet unless they are designed for that use.
  • Report down power lines and warn people to stay away. Do not touch them.
  • Keep ladders away from power lines.