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May is National Electrical Safety Month! This month is a great time to double check all of your electrical equipment in your home. It’s also a great time to learn about electrical hazards and how to avoid them.
Electrical Safety Checklist:
- Check all electrical cords for fraying and replace any that may be damaged.
- Keep all electrical appliances away from water.
- Don’t nail or tack cords to the wall or floor.
- Use outlet covers to protect children from electrical outlets.
- Never touch a downed powerline! Stay at least 35 feet away and call 911.
- Don’t plant trees near utility equipment or under power lines.
- Stay at least 10 feet away from all overhead power lines.
- Do not touch anything that’s touching a powerline.
- Check your extension cords. These are meant to be temporary and not a permanent fixture. All appliances should be plugged directly into the wall and not into an extension cord.
- Don’t overload your electrical circuits. Flickering lights, warm or discolored wall plates, and mild shock from appliances or switches can all indicate overloaded circuits.
Have a safe day!