Electric power gives us light and warmth, but without
safety precautions, it can also be dangerous. Follow these simple precautions to help insure you and your family's safety:
- 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.
possible, avoid the use of "cube taps" and other devices that allow the connection of multiple appliances into a
- Place lamps on
level surfaces, away from things that can burn and use bulbs that match the lamp's recommended wattage.
- 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.
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.
- If there’s flooding,
watch out for water around electrical items, and never use appliances if they’re wet.
- 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.