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Electrical Safety Tips

Our homes are filled with things that run on electricity. They make our lives easier, but every year, more than 50,000 home fires are started by electrical problems. Hundreds of people die in these fires. You can protect your family by taking these steps:


Safe Electrical Systems

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  • If your power goes out a lot or the lights in your home flicker, smell bad or make noise, have an electrician come to inspect your wiring.
Home Safety - Electrical Safety Tips
  • The electrical outlet in the bathroom should have a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI). This is a tool that protects you from a dangerous shock when water and electricity come together. An electrician can install a GFCI for you.
  • All electrical outlets and switches should be covered by “faceplates.”
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  • All electrical cords should be in good condition.
  • Don't tie or knot cords. Don't let furniture sit on cords.

Safe Lighting

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  • Use the right light bulbs in all lamps and light fixtures.
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  • Look inside the light fixture. Find a label that tells you which light bulb size (wattage) is right for the fixture.

Small Appliance Safety

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  • Look for a mark on the label such as ETL or UL when you buy electrical appliances (such as toasters, microwaves or coffee makers) and cords. This will tell you the product has been tested for safety.
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  • Unplug toaster ovens, coffee makers and other small appliances after using them.
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  • Keep appliances dry and away from water at all times.
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  • Don't plug in too many appliances at once.
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