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Safety Tips

Follow these electrical safety tips in and around your home to help ensure your safety and that of your family.

  • Label the circuit breakers in your electrical panel. Include information about what room and/or appliance each circuit goes to, as well as the maximum amperage each circuit can sustain.
  • If you have an electrical panel equipped with fuses instead of circuit breakers, and a fuse blows, turn off all appliances and lights that are on the circuit before changing the fuse. Always replace a fuse with another that has an identical rating.
  • The ground prong on a plug is a safety mechanism, so never tamper with it. Similarly, do not use adapters to plug a three-pronged plug into a two-pronged outlet.
  • Never leave appliances that generate heat unattended, they can cause fires.
  • When unplugging an appliance, always pull on the plug itself, not the cord.
  • Keep cords away from heat.
  • Do not leave cords in areas where people walk frequently. Not only is this a tripping hazard, but it can also damage the cord.
  • Never use electrical appliances in or near water.
  • Always ensure that the extension cord you are using is rated for the amperage needed to power your device.
  • When using extension cords outside, ensure that the cords are outdoor specific extension cords, and that they have three-pronged plugs.
  • Always use light bulbs that have the appropriate wattage indicated on the light socket.