would like to share some tips with you on electrical
safety courtesy of PSE&G. (Remember, these apply to
handle electric appliances with wet hands, or use them
in damp conditions unless they are rated for such use.
electric sockets around toddlers and babies. All outlets
within reach should be protected with plastic closures
that fit snugly and cannot be removed easily.
defective or worn electric wires. Cords should not be
loose or frayed, and should have a grounding prong
intact if so equipped.
pour water on an electrical fire. You must use a fire
extinguisher that is rated Class C for use on them.
wiring to the pros. Employ the services of a licensed
professional who can do the job safely and correctly.
for overheating bulbs and lights. Never exceed the
maximum wattage specified. Consider replacing bulbs with
doing work on electrical equipment, ensure that all
sources of power to the appliance are turned off.
working on or near outlets or overhead lights, or
cutting into drywall, be sure to shut off the correct
circuit breaker. A simple voltage tester can be
purchased for home use at a local electrical-supply
misuse extension cords, and never use them as permanent
substitutes for additional outlets.
cover cords and wires. They radiate heat, and a fire
electric outlets close to sources of water. Those in
bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, and garages should
be ground-fault circuit-interrupter outlets to reduce
the chance of electric shock. GFCI outlets are required
around pools and spas.
ladders at least 10 feet from power lines.
touch a downed power line or go near one. Call your
utility to report it at once.