Electric safety basics

Most electric safety tips are common sense. But, in today's fast-paced world, accidents can sometimes occur. Take a few minutes to remind yourself of the basic safety rules to follow around your home.

  • Never put anything but an electrical plug into a wall socket.
  • Don't overload the socket — one socket, one plug.
  • Never pull a plug out by the cord.
  • Make sure there are no holes or breaks in extension cords.
  • Never put extension cords under carpets or rugs.
  • Put plastic covers on unused outlets to protect small children.
  • Dry your hands before using any electrical appliance, switch or plug.
  • Keep small appliances away from bathtubs or showers.
  • Never use your oven or stove to heat your home.
  • Install at least one smoke detector on each floor of your home, and in the garage.
  • Keep an all-purpose fire extinguisher on each floor of your home.
  • Follow a space heater's instructions carefully.
  • Devise a fire escape plan and make sure everyone knows it.
  • Stay away from meters, electrical boxes and utility poles.