Every day, we rely on electricity to power our homes and offices. However, it is important to always be safe around electric appliances, equipment and power lines. May is National Electrical Safety Month, and it’s a great time to raise awareness on how to avoid potential electrical hazards.
By taking simple precautions, everyone can avoid electrically related fires, fatalities, injuries and property loss.
Here are a few safety tips:
• Check electric cords for fraying or cracking. Replace cords that are damaged, and don’t overload electric outlets.
• Remember that extension cords are intended to be temporary; they are not meant to be permanent household wiring.
• Don’t run cords under carpets or rugs, and don’t tack or nail cords to walls or floors.
• Keep electric appliances and tools away from water. Never reach for or unplug an appliance that has fallen into water; instead, turn the power off at the breaker before you unplug the appliance or remove it from the water.
• Never put anything other than an electrical plug in an outlet. Use outlet covers or caps to protect children.
• Keep your home’s electrical system in good repair. Contact a licensed electrical contractor if you have flickering lights, sparks or nonfunctioning outlets or if you need wiring repairs or upgrades.
• Never touch downed power lines!
• Always call your local utility or 911 if you see lines down.
• Watch for overhead lines every time you use a ladder; work on roofs or trees; or carry long tools or loads. Keep kites, model airplanes and metallic balloons away from power lines.
• Know what’s below before you dig. At least three days before starting any digging or excavating project, call 811, the National One Call Center, to have underground utility lines, pipes and cables marked for free.
• Avoid planting trees underneath power lines or near utility equipment.
We hope you’ll keep these electrical safety tips in mind so you can note any potential hazards before damage or accidents occur.
Do you have questions about electrical safety? Give us a call, and we will do our best to answer your questions. You can also check out our website, svalleyec.com, and everydaysafe.org for more safety tips.