Protect your family against accidental electrical contact/shock by observing the following indoor electrical safety practices. When using electricity around the house:
- Do not overload electrical outlets.
- Install Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI)* outlets in the kitchen, bathroom, outdoor receptacles, and other water access areas.
- Do not place electrical appliances near water holding and water storage areas.
- Place safety covers on all unused wall outlets.
- Use proper wattage when replacing burned-out bulbs for lamps and lighting fixtures to prevent overheating and risk of fire.
- Replace burned-out light bulbs immediately, never leave lamp sockets empty.
- Use an adapter with a ground tab for a three-pronged plug. Never attempt to remove the third prong.
- Avoid extension cords as a permanent means for wiring. Extension cords should be used only on a temporary basis.
- Do not connect multiple extension cords.
- Never run extension cords underneath rugs, carpets, or furniture. Walking on cords can lessen the durability of the cord and possibly cause a fire.
- Replace faulty electrical products.
- Never leave small appliances such as hair dryers, curling irons, toasters, radios and TV’s within the reach of small children and pets.
- Never use a fork or knife to remove food objects from a toaster.
- Keep heating pads and electric blankets at relatively low settings to avoid overheating, never “tuck in” the sides or ends of an electric blanket.
* GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) is a sensitive device which reacts to a small electric current leak by stopping the flow of electricity.