May is Electrical Safety Month

May 01, 2022
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Every day we rely on electricity to power our lives at work and at home. While electricity makes our lives easier, we often forget about the danger and potential for fire-related hazards.

Safety starts with you. By following simple safety precautions, you can help keep your family safe by avoiding electrical fires and injuries.

Avoid Overloading Outlets: Only plug one high-wattage appliance into each outlet at a time.

Follow Wattage Recommendations: Only use bulbs that match the fixture’s recommended wattage.

Avoid Damaged Extensions Cords: Before use, check the cord for frayed or exposed wires. During use, if the cord feels warm to the touch, unplug it immediately. 

Keep Appliances Away From Water: Never reach for or unplug an appliance that has fallen into water; instead, turn the power off at the breaker before unplugging or touching the appliance.

Install Smoke Alarms: Install alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of your home.

Call an Electrician: Don’t attempt electrical work yourself. If an electrical outlet feels hot, you hear crackling noises, or you notice frayed or split wiring, call a professional.

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