General indoor safety tips

Periodically, do a quick safety check around your home to make sure your appliances and wiring are in good shape. Here’s are some tips:

Applicances

  • Do not use electric appliances when you are taking a bath or standing near a sink.
  • Never use any electric appliance on a wet surface, while wet or standing in water.
  • Make sure your hands are dry when using an appliance.
  • Use electrical appliances with three-pronged plugs.
  • Use appliances with the Underwriters’ Laboratories (UL) symbol.
  • Never hang clothes or place furniture near an electric heater or hot plate.
  • Keep electric heaters at least four (4) feet from furniture and drapes.
  • Keep electric heaters on a level non-flammable surface.
  • Never go to sleep with a heating pad or space heater turned on.
  • Never place appliance cords where they will come into contact with the stove or other heated surfaces.
  • Unplug all electrical appliances when not in use.
  • Unplug all electrical appliances before repairing or cleaning.
  • Unplug an appliance that has fallen into water before attempting to retrieve it.
  • Turn off a light before replacing the bulb.
  • Never pull out an electrical plug by the cord.
  • If your smoke detector runs on electricity, have a battery backup in case of a power failure.
  • Do not touch an electrical appliance with a metal object.

Wires, Fuses and Outlets

  • Do not stick any object other than an electrical plug into an outlet.
  • Replace frayed or cracked electrical cords with new ones; you can purchase these at your local hardware store.
  • Keep electrical cords out of traffic areas in the home.
  • Keep electrical cords out from under rugs and heavy furniture.
  • Do not overload outlets with too many appliances; instead, make use of other outlets in the room.
  • Use extension cords minimally.
  • When outside, use only extension cords that are approved for outdoor use.
  • Use a long extension cord. It is better than using several shorter lengths.
  • When replacing circuit breakers and fuses, use the correct size device.
  • Protect outdoor outlets with protective, weatherproof covers.
  • Hire an electrician to install a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) in your bathroom and kitchen where appliances are used near water.
  • Hire an electrician to install GFCIs on all outdoor outlets.
  • Keep outdoor wiring on a separate circuit.
  • Know the location of the main electrical switch in the home.
  • Never force a plug into an outlet.