Safety Tips

Electric power gives us light and warmth, but without safety precautions, it can also be dangerous.†
 
 
Are Your Electrical Appliances Safe?
 
Repair or throw away appliances that exhibit any of these danger signs: 
 
∑††††††† Faulty wiring
∑††††††† Broken or damaged outlets or switches
∑††††††† Electrical cords with exposed wires
∑††††††† Loose electrical plugs
∑††††††† Damaged extension cords
 
Electricity and Water Donít Mix
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
 
Unless itís mounted in the wall, do not use an electrical heater to keep you warm in the bathroom.
 
Do not have electrical cords near a swimming pool.
 
What about Storms?
The most common cause of power outages are tree branches knocking down power lines, so make sure you donít have large branches threatening yours.† If you do, donít try to trim the trees yourself Ė call your local power company and let them know about the problem.
 
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.
 
After a storm, report fallen power lines, and stay clear of them until theyíre repaired.
 
Look up!
Coming into contact with overhead power lines can be fatal, so be cautious!
 
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.† Call your power company instead.
 
Never prune trees that are near power lines yourself Ė call your power company to have a professional take care of them.†
 
Watch out for power lines if youíre carrying tall metal items like ladders, or if youíre installing something on a roof, like antennas.† And if youíre working around electricity, always wear rubber-soled shoes to ground you.
 
Holiday Electrical Safety
Displaying lights and other decorations is a holiday tradition, but the tradition can be hazardous if you arenít careful.†
 
Donít use nails or staples to secure light strings or electrical cords.
 
Avoid overload extension cords and electrical outlets, and keep an eye out for frayed extension cords.
 
Donít connect more than three strings of lights together.
 
Keep trees and any other flammable decorations away from heat sources like fireplaces and radiators.
 
Turn off your decorations when youíre sleeping or away from home.† Use programmable timers to make sure you donít forget.
 
Plug all outdoor electric decorations into grounded circuits to avoid potential shocks.
 
Do not string lights on trees that are near power lines.

When using lights outside, point the sockets down to avoid water collecting in them.† You should also wrap a plastic bag around any exposed connections.††