Spending more time at home than usual? That means it’s more important than ever to stay diligent about electrical safety. Follow our easy tips to help protect yourself and your family.
Cords and plugs
- Check your cords and plugs regularly for damage or signs of wear. If you find cords that are broken, fraying, or exposing wire, replace them immediately.
- Don’t run cables or extension cords under carpets or over door thresholds.
- Don’t overload outlets with multiple high-wattage or heat-producing devices, like coffee makers or space heaters.
- Test ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlets at least once a month. To do so:
- Plug a nightlight into the GFCI outlet and turn the light on.
- Push the “Test” button; the light should go off.
- Push the “Reset” button to turn the light back on.
- Keep heat-producing appliances, like toasters and coffee makers, away from flammable items like paper towels.
- Unplug countertop appliances when not in use. It’s safer and could help you save money on your electric bill.
- Keep your kitchen exhaust fan clean and clear of obstructions that could cause malfunction or fire.
- Make sure your bulbs are at or below the maximum listed wattage on the fixture.
- Always keep lamps on a flat, stable surface and make sure they are at least a foot or more away from anything that could catch fire.