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Safety Tips.

Electrical power gives us light and warmth, but without safety precautions, it can also be very dangerous. Follow these simple precautions to help insure you and your family’s safety:

Replace or repair loose or frayed cords on all electrical devices and appliances.

Avoid running appliance cords or extension cords across doorways or under carpets.

Extension cords should only be used for temporary use. Do not use extension cords for permanently connecting appliances or electrical equipment.

In homes with small children, electrical outlets should be of the tamper-resistant type in bedrooms or playrooms or have plastic safety covers.

Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for plugging an appliance into a receptacle outlet.

Avoid overloading outlets. Consider plugging only one high-wattage appliance into each receptacle outlet at a time.

If outlets, cords or switches feel warm, shut off the circuit and have them checked by a licensed electrician.

When possible, avoid the use of “cube taps” and other devices that allow the connection of multiple appliances into a single receptacle or outlet.

Place lamps on a level surfaces, away from drapes and other items that can burn easily.

Always use bulbs in lamps and light fixtures that match the recommended lamp wastage for each fixture.

Never touch anything electrical when you have wet hands.

Don’t use electrical appliances or devices such as hair dryers, radios, cell phone chargers, etc. in wet locations or near bathtubs or showers.

GFCI receptacles are for personal protection and should not be removed or replaced unless by a licensed electrician.

If power is lost during a storm, turn off or unplug electrical appliances so there is not a power surge when the electricity comes back on.

If there is flooding in the house, be cautious of water around electrical appliances or outlets and never attempt to use or unplug appliance if they are wet.

Never play with kites or toy planes around overhead power lines.

If a toy gets caught in a power line, do not attempt to remove it yourself. Call the power company and ask them to assist.

Never attempt to prune trees near power lines yourself. Call a professional tree trimmer or the power company.