May is National Electrical Safety Month and is a good time to raise our own awareness about electrical hazards around our homes and how to prevent them. The following discusses a list of what to DO and what NOT to do for safety.
- Be mindful of wattage, using light bulbs that are at or below the maximum wattage listed on your lamp or fixture.
- Carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms should be checked monthly to ensure they are properly working.
- GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) outlets should be installed in every area where water is present. Water and electricity do not mix. The areas include bathrooms, garages, kitchens, and outdoor areas.
- Pay attention to electrical cords for fraying or broken connectors. Immediately throw defective ones away and replace them with a cord that is UL listed.
- Turn off and unplug portable appliances, devices, and tools after you are finished using them. This includes hair dryers, toys, and power tools.
- Downed power lines should always be avoided. Do not get near one or drive a vehicle over one. If you spot one, leave the location immediately and call the local utility.
- Electrical circuits that overload can cause home fires, so don’t use multi-outlet converters or extension cords for appliances. Plug every major appliance into a wall outlet directly.
- Extension cords should not be used permanently. As a safety measure, install extra outlets with the help of a licensed electrician.
- Kids are curious about electrical outlets. As a precaution, install child-proof outlet covers. Even better, have a professional install Tamper Resistant Receptacles (TRRs) that will prevent burns and shocks.
- Never position a pole, ladder, or other item on or close to power lines. Drones or kites should not be flown where there are power lines or substations.
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