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:
- 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.