5 electrical safety tips you should know for your home during this Holiday Season.
Replace or repair damaged power cords. Exposed wiring is a danger that cannot go overlooked.
Don't overload your outlets.
Avoid extension cords as much as possible.
Keep electrical equipment or outlets away from water.
Protect small children from hazards.
Always Check for outlets that have loose fitting plugs, which can overheat and lead to fire. Always Replace any missing or broken wall plates. Make sure there are safety covers on all unused outlets that are accessible to children.
Make sure cords are in good condition– not frayed or cracked. Make sure they are placed out of traffic areas. Cords should never be nailed or stapled to the wall, baseboard, or to another object. Do not place cords under carpets or rugs or rest any furniture on them.
Check to see that cords are not overloaded. Additionally, extension cords should only be used on a temporary basis; they are not intended as permanent household wiring. Make sure extension cords have safety closures to help prevent young children from shock hazards and mouth burn injuries.
Make sure your plugs fit your outlets. Never remove the ground pin (the third prong) to make a three-prong fit a two-conductor outlet. This could lead to an electrical shock.
NEVER FORCE A PLUG INTO AN OUTLET IF IT DOESN’T FIT. Plugs should fit securely into outlets. Avoid overloading outlets with too many appliances.
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