✓ Cords & Plugs
▢ Check the Frayed Case, Exposed Wire or Broken Parts for all Cables, Plugs, Surge Protectors and Extension Cables. Immediately Replace.
▢ Never run Extension Cords under Carpets or Door thresholds.
▢ Do not use an Extension Cord as a continuous Fixture. If you need Extra Outlets, contact a Certified Electrician to install some wherever you need them.
▢ Always follow the Manufacturer’s Directions to plug a Device into the outlet.
▢ Do not Overload one outlet with several High-Wattage or Heat-Producing Systems, such as a space heater or coffee maker.
▢ Plugs should fit snugly in stores. If not, contact a Certified Electrician.
▢ Major Appliances – Washers, Dryers, Refrigerators, Stoves, Air Conditioners, Warm Water Heaters, etc. – should be straight plugged into a wall outlet. Do not use Surge Protectors, Strip Strips or Extension Cords.
▢ Use only Waterproof Extension Cords in Humid Regions (such as the cellar).
▢ Use light bulbs only at or below the Maximum Wattage mentioned on your light or lamp. (There will be a Max Wattage Sticker on the Appliance.)
▢ Always position lamps from anything Flammable (e.g. curtains) on a flat, level surface and at least one foot.
▢ Place Heat-Producing Appliances (toaster, heater, coffee maker, etc.) away from Flammable or Combustible Products (potholders, paper napkins, etc.)
▢ If not in use, unplug the countertop kitchen and bathroom appliances (e.g. toaster or hair dryer).
▢ Keep your kitchen exhaust fan clean and free of grease, lint and other obstructions.
▢ Never use a Mobile Bathroom Heater. The only Secure Choices are a High Positioned Ceiling Unit or Strip Heater.
▢ If you use Mobile or Space Heaters, make sure they obtain a seal of permission from a Nationally recognized testing laboratory (NRTL) such as UL, ETL, or CSA.
✓ Extra Considerations on Safety
▢ If you have young children, consider re-equipping your home with Tamper-Resistant (TR) Electrical Receptacles. Always use a Certified Electrician. (Note: TR Receptacles are Required by Law in all Fresh and Refurbished Households as of 2008).
▢ Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCIs) are a unique form of Circuit Breaker that shuts off the Current when Hazardous Circumstances occur. Ask an Electrician authorized to install AFCIs in your home.
▢ Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) are another type of Circuit Breaker, which help to Reduce the risk of Electrical Shock by switching off the circuit if it becomes hazardous. GFCIs should be installed in your garage, basement, kitchen, bath, and all outdoor outlets by a Licensed Electrician.
▢ Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) are another form of Circuit Breaker that helps Decrease the Danger of Electrical Shock by Turning off the circuit if it becomes Dangerous. GFCIs should be Built by a Certified Electrician in your garage, basement, kitchen, bathroom and all outdoor outlets.
▢ Testing AFCIs and GFCIs at least once a month.
✓ Warning Signs
If you have any of these warning signs, call a Licensed Electrician instantly:
✘ When you touch a plug or light switch, you feel a tingling feeling.
✘ Your Circuit Breaker often flips or blows regularly.
✘ An appliance provides off a faint smell of rubber or burning.
✘ Your outlet plates are Hot or Discolored to the touch.
✘ An Electrical Appliance has been waterlogged or submerged in any liquid (throw away immediately).
✘ An outlet is Sparking.
✘ Your Light is Dim or Flickering.