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Electric Safety Do's and Don'ts

(Thursday, January 21, 2010)

Do's

  • Pull the plug itself, not the cord attached to it.

  • Disconnect any appliance that sparks and have it repaired immediately.

  • Always disconnect appliances before cleaning them.

  • Turn off appliances when you leave home.

  • Keep electrical cords away from hot appliances.

  • Keep appliances clean and free of dust, lint and grease.

  • Use moisture resistant cords when outside.

  • Wear rubber soled shoes when operating power tools.

  • Follow manufacturers' instructions when operating electrical devices. All electrical devices should carry an Underwriters Laboratory approval tag.

  • Make sure outdoor electrical outlets are covered with weatherproof covers.

  • Use extension cords only for temporary applications.

  • Use heavy duty cords when using power tools.

  • Keep work areas clean and dry. Sparks can ignite wood scraps, sawdust and solvents.

  • Make sure your power tools are grounded or certified double insulated.

  • When utilizing adapters, make sure to screw in the wire for grounding.

  • Certain outlets for outdoor appliances or tools should have a ground fault interrupter (G.F.I). This type of circuit breaker, installed in an outlet, protects the user from shock.

Don'ts
  • Never turn on an appliance when standing or sitting in water. Shocks can be fatal.

  • Never overload a circuit by plugging in too many appliances.

  • Plug three-way grounded plugs into appropriate outlets. Never tamper with the third prong.

  • Never install cords under rugs where they will become worn by foot traffic.


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