Hundreds of Americans die in electricity-related accidents. Thousands more are badly hurt.
10 electrical safety reminders to keep you and your family safe
- Never touch anything electrical with wet hands or while standing in water. Wear rubber shoes in wet areas. If you get a tingle or shock when touching a sink, tub, or
other wet area, turn off the power at the main panel (if it’s safe) and immediately call an electrician.
- Don’t use frayed or broken cords or plug in anything with a missing prong.
- Cover unused outlets. Keep metal objects such as silverware away from outlets.
- Don’t overload sockets. Use a power board with a safety switch and only use one per wall outlet.
- When unplugging, don’t yank! Pull by the plug, not the cord.
- Don’t run cords under rugs or furniture.
keep them away from pets that like to chew. Also
- Always clean the lint filter for your dryer. If an item says “do not put in
dryer“, trust the warning!
- Test safety switches each year.
- Don’t fly kites near power lines. The kite or string can conduct electricity sending it right through you to the ground.
- Never touch a downed power line or climb a utility pole.
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