Safety Tips

Electric power gives us light and warmth, but without safety precautions, it can also be dangerous. Follow these simple precautions to help insure you and your family's safety:

  • Replace or repair loose or frayed cords on all electrical devices.

  • Avoid running extension cords across doorways or under carpets.

  • In homes with small children, electrical outlets should have plastic safety covers.

  • Follow the manufacturer's instructions for plugging an appliance into a receptacle outlet.

  • Avoid overloading outlets. Consider plugging only one high-wattage appliance into each receptacle outlet at a time.

  • If outlets or switches feel warm, shut off the circuit and have them checked by an electrician.

  • When possible, avoid the use of "cube taps" and other devices that allow the connection of multiple appliances into a single receptacle.

  • Place lamps on level surfaces, away from things that can burn and use bulbs that match the lamp's recommended wattage.

  • Never touch anything electrical when you have wet hands.

  • Donít use electrical appliances such as hair dryers or radios in a wet place or near water.

  • If power is lost during a storm, turn off or unplug electrical appliances so that thereís not a power surge when the electricity comes back on.

  • If thereís flooding, watch out for water around electrical items, and never use appliances if theyíre wet.

  • Never play with kites or toy planes near overhead power lines.

  • If a toy happens to get caught in a power line, donít attempt to remove it yourself.

  • Never prune trees that are near power lines yourself.