Safety At Home

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Safety At Home

Working or playing around electricity can be dangerous. Here are some tips to keep you safe at home and in your community.

How electricity gets into your home

  • Wiring from the service entrance enters your house through a panel box or circuit breaker box. 
  • Electricity is then distributed through insulated wiring throughout the house. 
  • Fuses and/or breakers control the amount of electricity that goes to outlets. It is important to avoid overloading circuits.

Connections and cords

  • If a fuse blows, replace it with one of the same amperage rating. 
  • Never substitute a coin or metal object in place of a blown fuse. 
  • If a fuse or breaker repeatedly blows, have a qualified electrician identify and correct the problem immediately. 
  • Never touch bare wiring or electrical contacts until the power has been disconnected to those areas. 
  • Label disconnected circuits so that someone else does not accidentally reconnect the power. 
  • Never run cords underneath carpeting, it can damage wires and their protective coating. 
  • Install ground fault circuits. They detect electrical problems and shut off power before you get hurt. 
  • Octopus-type plug extenders are dangerous because they can draw more current than your wiring can handle and can start a fire. 
  • Extension cords should only be used as a temporary souce of power – they are not a safe, long-term solution.
  • Coiling extension cords can cause heat build-up and melt the coating.

Appliances and equipment

  • Appliances like irons, should always be unplugged when not in use and the cord coiled to prevent injury to children. 
  • Always disconnect appliances before moving, cleaning or repairing them. 
  • Always unplug the toaster before sticking anything in it to retrieve bread that is lodged. 
  • Keep electrical appliances away from water. 
  • Always pull the plug, not the cord.

Children and pets

  • Babies, small children and pets sometimes find electrical outlets and cords fascinating. 
  • Block access to electrical outlets with plastic safety plugs. 
  • Don’t let pets chew on electrical cords.