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It’s National Electrical Safety Month!

How well do you know your Do's and Don'ts of electrical safety.

Whether you are a homeowner or a renter, electrical safety should be a top priority in your home. In honor of National Electrical Safety Month this May, we’ve compiled a list to keep your home and your family safe and sound.

Do’s

Prevent Electrical Overloads — Overloaded electrical circuits are a major cause of residential fires. Help lower your risk of electrical fires by not overloading your electrical outlets.

Extension Cord Safety — Approximately 3,300 home fires originate in extension cords each year, killing 50 people and injuring 270 more. Extension cords can overheat and cause fires when used improperly, so keep these important tips in mind to protect your home and workplace.

Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide Detectors — Working smoke alarms mean the difference between life and death in the event of a home fire, but there is more you need to do to ensure your family is prepared to safely escape from a fire emergency — like creating a fire escape plan in the event of a fire.

Keep Outdoor Outlets Covered — Keeping outlets covered can help prevent major electrical issues in the event of flooding.

Don’ts

Don’t Disregard Water — Never turn on an appliance when standing or sitting in water. This is especially true in the bathroom with hairdryers, curling or flat-iron products. Make sure nearby water is drained, counterspace is clear, and you use your devices with caution.

Never Touch a Downed Line — This may seem obvious, but you should absolutely never touch a downed power line and keep at least 35 feet distance from a live wire.

When in Doubt, Call a Pro — If something just doesn’t seem quite right in your home or you have questions about hooking up your electronics to power, never hesitate to call a certified electrician.

Source: https://www.esfi.org/