Electrical Safety Tips

Electricity is an everyday part of life and oftentimes taken for granted. But electricity must be treated with caution at all times. Practice these safety tips to remain safe:


  • Do NOT go near or touch power lines. Assume every wire is “live”.
  • Do NOT install a TV or radio antenna within falling distance of power lines.
  • Do NOT use water on electrical fires. Evacuate the premises and call the fire department if you cannot extinguish it. If available, use a Class C fire extinguisher, which is recommended for electrical fires.
  • Do NOT try to repair a break in an outdoor extension cord. Discard the cord and buy a new one.
  • Do NOT use indoor lights outdoors. Use only bulbs, cords, wiring, outlets, etc. that are specifically designed for outdoor use.
  • Do NOT attempt to use appliances, cords, etc. with wet hands and keep outdoor electrical devices away from swimming pools.
  • Do NOT use metal strings or any metal when building a flying toy.
  • Stay away from trees near overhead lines. The wind or your own weight could cause a limb to touch a live wire.
  • Use outlet covers to protect children.
  • Unplug small appliances, such as toasters, coffeemakers, etc., when not in use.
  • When using power tools, ensure that electrical wiring is adequate for the job. Circuits should be grounded and tools should be three-pronged or double insulated.
  • During severe weather, temporary low-voltage conditions can dim lights and remain low longer than a minute. Turn off or unplug all motorized appliances, TV’s, and fluorescent lamps.
  • Repair or replace cords that are frayed or cracked.
  • Use ground fault circuit interrupters in kitchen and bathroom outlets.
  • Do NOT install light bulbs that are not the correct wattage for the fixture size.
  • Do NOT force a plug into an outlet if it doesn’t fit.
  • Do NOT remove the third prong of a three-pronged plug. The third prong is designed to safely ground electricity.
  • Know how to safely reset your circuit breaker or replace a blown fuse.
  • Call Harkey Electric Inc. for electrical installation, repair, or service.

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Electrical Safety Tips July 21, 2012