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Safety Tips

Check for outlets that have loose fitting plugs, which can overheat and lead to fire. 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 mailed 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.

Air Conditioning units need their own dedicated electric line. Air Conditioning units should never be plugged into a general purpose outlet or an extension cord.

Federal Pacific Panel box and circuit breaker warning. Federal Pacific Stab-Lok panels and circuit breakers are a latent hazard and can fail to trip in response to over-current conditions, leading to electrical fires. The breakers may also fail to shut off internally even if the toggle is switched to an “off” position. The failure rates for the Federal Pacific circuit breakers are extremely high, which constitutes a serious fire and electrical shock hazard. Failures are well documented by independent research. It is therefore strongly recommended that all Federal Pacific Stab-Lock panels be removed and replaced by UL approved panels.

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