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Home Safety

 

Home Wiring

Ensure your home is equipped to handle the electric load of all appliances and devices.  Typically homes should be 100-amps or 200-amps for homes with electric heating. 

Here are some signs that would indicate a potential problem:

  • Overheating plugs and sockets
  • Cables heating
  • Frequently blown fuses

 

Appliances

  • Check cords frequently for signs of wear
  • Avoid over-stretching cords  
  • Do NOT reqpair a damaged cord, replace it
  • Don't drag an appliance by the cord or pull the plug from the socket using the cord
  • Electric appliances should have three prong plugs
  • Never wrap cords around metal
  • Keep cords away from foot traffic
  • Major appliances should have their own circuits and be plugged into wall outlets only
  • Never use appliances when you are wet

 

Portable Electric Heaters

  • Portable heaters should have mes wire or a guard to avoid direct contact with the heating element
  • Do not use unsturdy heaters that easily fall over
  • Use a fire guard around young children
  • Keep heaters away from flammable materials such as curtains, beds, and clothes
  • Never put anything over the heater

 

Outdoors

  • Never use electric tools or appliances outdoors if it's raining or wet
  • Always use moisture resistant appliance cords outside
  • Use power tools with durable, grounded, or double insulated cords
  • NEVER climb a tree in bad weather
  • Weatherproof outdoor electric outlets
  • Never operate an electric lawn mower in wet grass
  • NEVER touch fallen electric wires
  • ALWAYS Call 811 before you dig 
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