Electrical Safety 101

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Thousands of people in this country are seriously inuured each year because of electrical accidents and electrical fires. Most of these can be prevented by safe electrical practices.

Here are a few electrical safety tips from Mighty Mike:

  • Major appliances like refrigerators, washers and dryers, stoves, etc., should be plugged into wall outlets.
  • If you need an extension cord for a major appliance, make sure it’s an appliance extension cord.
  • Consider arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs) for your home. AFCIs shut down electricity when a dangerous condition occurs; for example, when outlets or circuits are overloaded.
  • Use ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) in your bathrooms, kitchen, laundry room, garage and outdoor locations where you have access to water.
  • Test AFCIS and GFCIs once a month to make sure they’re working properly.
  • You should have smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside each bedroom and outside each sleeping area. Replace batteries once a year, and smoke alarms every ten years.
  • Never use an extension cord that’s damaged, and don’t use a cord that feels hot. Extension cords can overheat if what you’ve plugged in draws more current than the extension cord can carry.
  • Schedule an electrical safety inspection to identify and correct potential electrical hazards in your home.

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