Consumer Electrical Safety Guides
Be smart when working with Electricity
- Use the right light bulbs in all lamps and light fixtures.
- Look inside the light fixture. Find a label that tells you which light bulb size (wattage) is right for the fixture.
- The electrical outlet in the bathroom should have a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI.) This is a tool that protects you from a dangerous shock when water and electricity come together. An electrician can install a GFCI for you.
- All electrical outlets and switches should be covered by “faceplates”.
- All electrical cords should be in good condition.
- Don’t tie or knot cords. Don’t let furniture sit on or rugs and carpets cover cords.
- Look for the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) mark on the label when you buy electrical appliances (such as toasters, microwaves or coffee makers) and cords.
- Unplug toaster ovens, coffee makers and other small appliances after using them.
- Keep appliances dry and away from water at all times.
- Don’t plug in too many appliances at once.
- Call an electrician if your lights flicker, or if your power goes out a lot.
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