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.

Have you ever seen this sign?

Mr. Ouch sticker

Mr. Ouch is a sticker or sign attached to electric utility equipment — usually green transformer boxes — that warns children and adults of hazardous voltage. So, when you see Mr. Ouch, stay away. And tell others around the area to do the same.

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