Indoor Safety

  • Electrical outlets should be routinely checked for loose fitting plugs, which can overheat and become a fire hazard.
  • Broken or missing wall plates should be replaced.
  • Unused outlets should be covered with safety covers.
  • Appliance cords, lamp cords, or other electrical cords should be routinely checked for frayed or cracked areas.
  • Extension cords should only be used on a temporary basis.
  • Never unplug an electrical cord by pulling on the cord. To unplug an appliance properly, pull on the plug head.
  • Never place electrical cords underneath carpet, nail to a wall or baseboard.
  • Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) are designed to detect ground faults at very low levels and interrupt the power supply to prevent electrical shock. GFCI outlets should be used in areas where electricity can come into contact with water (such as bathrooms, garages, kitchens, and swimming pools). For more information on the use of GFCIs, consult a licensed electrician or obtain a copy of the National Electrical Code.
  • When using space heaters, keep them at least 3’ away from combustible materials such as draperies, furniture, bedding, and rugs.
  • Do not overload electrical outlets. Check circuit breaker or fuse amperages to ensure they can withstand the load of the appliance.