May is National Electrical Safety Month
National Electric Safety Month is a good time to turn our attention to reinforcing the importance of electrical safety in and around our homes. What follows are a few recommendations to help protect against common electrical hazards:
- Make sure to turn off and unplug. Appliances, tools and other devices are still connected to electricity when they are plugged in. Turn off, then unplug all portable electric devices when you’re finished using them. When unplugging, make sure to hold the plug and not the cord. Also, never touch electrical appliances with wet hands or use them near sinks, tubs, toilets or showers.
- Be smart about outlets. Don’t overload power outlets, power strips or surge protectors, and use bulbs that match the wattage indicated on light fixtures. Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter, or GFCI, outlets should be used in any area where water and electricity may come into contact, including kitchens, bathrooms, garages and outdoors. GFCI outlets should be tested monthly to ensure they are working properly.
- Use cords properly. Extension cords should only be used temporarily. Inspect electrical cords often for broken connectors or fraying. Throw away worn cords to eliminate the possibility of shock, short circuit or fire. Don’t attempt to repair damaged cords with tape.
- Keep a safe distance. Never go near a power line. If you encounter a downed line, leave the area immediately and notify your cooperative, and avoid driving over downed lines. Never place ladders, poles or other items near power lines, and don’t fly kites or drones near lines or substations. Teach children not to put their fingers in electrical outlets, use child-proof outlet covers and keep appliances and cords away from children.
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