Avoid electric hazards in your home by following these easy tips:
Electric cords & outlets
- Move electric cords away from foot traffic areas to prevent falls.
- Replace damaged or frayed cords to avoid fires.
- Make sure electric outlets and switches have cover plates to avoid electric shock.
- Be sure light bulbs are of the correct type and wattage (if you do not know the correct wattage, use a 60-watt (energy saving bulb or lower).
- Replace a halogen touchier floor lamp with one that uses energy-efficient bulbs. Halogen models burn at over 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit and can cause a fire if they come in contact with flammable materials.
- Make sure that you can easily reach a light switch or lamp from your bed for nighttime safety.
- Be sure your garage, storage areas, and stairs are well-lit to prevent falls.
- Have a battery-operated flashlight readily available at all times.
- Unplug small appliances when not in use.
- Never reach into water to retrieve an appliance that has fallen in. Unplug the appliance first.