Electrical Safety Tips

Posted in: Residential on May 28th, 2013

The following tips were provided by the National Fire Protection Association.

– Replace or repair damaged or loose electrical cords

– Avoid running extension cords across doorways or under carpets

– In homes with small children, make sure your home has tamper-resistant (TR) receptacles

– Consider having additional circuits or outlets added by a qualified electrician so you do not have to use extension cords

– Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for plugging an appliance into a receptacle outlet

– Avoid overloading outlets. Plug only one high-wattage appliance into each receptacle outlet at a time

– If outlets or switches feel warm, frequent problems with blowing fuses or tripping circuits, or flickering or dimming lights, call a qualified electrician

– Place lamps on level surfaces, away from things that can burn and use bulbs that match the recommended wattage

– Make sure your home has ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) in the kitchen, bathroom(s), laundry, basement, and outdoor areas

– Arc-fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs) should be installed in your home to protect electrical outlets


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