17 Electrical Safety Tips for Electrical Safety Awareness Month

May is National Electrical Safety Awareness Month, and it’s a great time to focus on the importance of electrical safety in our homes!  

Here are 17 tips to help keep you and your loved ones safe: 

  1. Check all electrical cords, cables and extension cords for frays, cracks or any damage 
  2. Avoid running extension cords across doorways or under carpets 
  3. Avoid running extension cords across doorways or under carpets 
  4. Never yank an electrical cord from the wall  
  5. Replace wobbly switches and outlets 
  6. Avoid overloading outlets 
  7. Never use extension cords as permanent outlets  
  8. Lamps on level surfaces and away from things that can burn  
  9. Never use electrical equipment near water  
  10. Unplug outlets when not in use  
  11. Test your smoke detectors to make sure they are working properly  
  12. Never put anything other than an electrical plug in an outlet or outlet covers or caps to protect children 
  13. Unplug all unused appliances  
  14. Check the correct wattage is being used in fixtures and appliances  
  15. Call an electrical if you notice there are frequent problems with blowing a fuse, tripping circuit breakers, tingling feeling when touching an electrical appliance, discolored or warm wall outlets, a burning or rubbery smell coming from an appliance, flickering or dimming lights, sparks from an outlet  
  16. Don’t allow dirt or dust to accumulate on electrical equipment 
  17. Schedule a whole home electrical inspection!  
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