Electric safety basics
Spot problems before they cause fire or shock
Do not wait for an accident. Call a qualified repair person if you notice any of these danger signs:
- Recurring problems with blowing fuses or tripping circuit breakers.
- Feeling a tingle when you touch an electrical appliance.
- Discoloration of wall outlets.
- A burning smell or unusual odor coming form an appliance or wiring.
- A sizzling sound at wall switches or outlets.
- Flickering lights.
Electric safety tips
Electricity is a safe energy source when properly used. Follow these tips to help prevent accidents around your home.
- Unplug electrical appliances before cleaning.
- Never put metal objects in appliances or outlets — you could be shocked.
- Always unplug an appliance that overheats and have it checked by a qualified repair person before using it again.
- Purchase appliances with an approval seal of a recognized testing laboratory such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL).
- Never leave a portable space heater unattended or leave children or pets alone in a room with a space heater.
- Check appliances and extension cords for fraying or cracking.
- Keep cords out from under rugs or furniture and safely away from ledges.
- Keep electrical toys and appliances away from water. Electricity + Water = DANGER.
- Always pull the plug and not the cord, and never carry an appliance by the cord.
- When using multiple appliances in one area, plug them into different outlets.
- Make sure light bulbs are screwed in securely — loose bulbs can overheat.