Learn These Safety Tips and Stay Safe in Your Home
While electricity makes living easier and more enjoyable, you could be living with dangerous electrical hazards. Remember these simple safety tips before you begin a project or start that spring-cleaning.
Tips for Around the House
- Have a qualified electrical contractor inspect your home to be sure it is properly grounded. Large appliances should have their own circuit and be grounded with a three-pronged plug.
- Never stand in water or on a damp floor when using electrical appliances and don't put any electrical parts in water.
- Do not touch or lean on plumbing at the same time that you are using electric appliances.
- Do not place your swimming pool under power lines.
- Keep appliances in good condition.
- Always unplug appliances - by pulling the plug, not the cord - when not in use.
- Replace the appliance when a cord is worn or frayed. Remember, extension cords should be used temporarily.
- Do not perform amateur repairs on your appliances. Call a qualified technician. Never insert metal objects like knives or forks into your toaster.
- If power shuts off in your home, try to find the cause. It may be that you have a blown fuse or tripped circuit breaker. When resetting circuit breakers, don't stand on a damp floor.
- Never replace fuses with a copper penny or wrap one in aluminum foil.
- Call a qualified electrician for inspection if power does not resume.
- When using power tools, be sure your equipment is adequate for the job. There must be enough circuits of the correct size and all must be well grounded.
- Use the safety release to prevent accidental starting.
- Keep tools clean. Use and store them in a dry place. Dampness increases shock hazard.
- Protect cords from heat, chemicals, gases, or oil and coil them loosely when finished.