Prevent electrical accidents
To keep your family safe, check out this list of what to do inside and outside your home.
- Make sure all light bulbs are the appropriate wattage for the fixture.
- Ensure that all powered devices are properly grounded.
- Avoid plugging too many devices into one outlet.
- If small children are present, install tamper resistant outlets.
- Inspect cords for damage, and discard any that are frayed.
- Don’t leave space heaters unattended.
- Install ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlets in the kitchen, bathroom, and other potentially damp areas. When remodeling, add arc-fault circuit interrupter (AFCI) protection.
- Use extension cords on a temporary basis. Do not locate cords under rugs or furniture.
- Keep your electrical panel free from obstructions.
- Install protective covers on all outlets and make sure they are GFCIs.
- Use only weather-resistant extension cords marked for outdoor use.
- Look around for overhead power lines before using a ladder or trimming a tree branch.
- Power lines may be underground. Before digging, call 811 to have utility lines marked.
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