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Indoor Safety 

Almost all indoor electric accidents can be prevented if safety is kept in mind.

  • Unless you are qualified, get expert help with wiring improvements in your home or office.
  • Know where the fuse box or circuit breaker is and how to operate it.
  • Make sure your hands and feet are dry when using electric appliances.
  • Don’t set appliances close to water.
  • Keep a Class “C” fire extinguisher within easy reach for electrical fires. Periodically check it to make sure it is operating properly.
  • Cover outlets with plastic caps when not in use.
  • Teach your children about electric safety.

Maintenance

  • Make sure plugs and prongs are not loose or worn.
  • Check cords for fraying or nicks.
  • Make sure cords are placed where they will not be tripped over or receive excessive wear (like under rugs).
  • Turn off and repair any appliance that sputters, stalls, sparks or gives the slightest shock.

Unplugged safety

  • Never yank the appliance cord from the electric outlet.
  • Don't overload wall outlets with adapters.
  • Always unplug an appliance before cleaning it.
  • It's always safer (and more efficient) to unplug appliances if you are not using them.

Home generators require caution

If you own a home generator, always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for safe operation. During a power outage, do not plug a generator into the circuit box, as it could cause physical harm to line crews working to restore your power.

 

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