Indoor safety

Use electricity safely in your home or office: start with an indoor safety check-list:

  • Put plastic safety caps in all unused outlets. This prevents children from pushing foreign objects into outlets.
  • Never remove the third prong from a three-pronged plug. The third prong grounds electricity. If you don't have three-hole outlets, purchase adapters at hardware stores and home supply centers.
  • Repair or replace damaged or brittle electric cords: they can cause shorts, shock, or fire. Check appliances to make sure cords are in good condition.
  • Use Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) to protect yourself from shock. GFCIs prevent electric shock by detecting electrical faults and shutting off power to the outlet; they are especially important in kitchens, bathrooms, and other locations where water is present.
  • Use electric cords properly. To avoid damaging cords, remove them from outlets by pulling the plug, not the cord. Never attach a cord to another surface with nails or staples which can puncture insulated wire. Avoid kinking, twisting, binding, or walking on cords.
  • Safely reset your circuit breakers and replace blown fuses.

Don't bring water close to electricity. Water conducts electricity, and unsafe use of electricity around water can cause serious injury or death. Follow these guidelines at all times:

  • Keep water away from electricity and electric appliances.
  • Never use electric appliances while in the shower or bath.
  • Never use electric appliances while standing in water.
  • Always make sure your hands are dry when using electric appliances.
  • Never use appliances outside when it's wet or raining.