May is National Electrical Safety Month, and it’s a great time to raise awareness on how to avoid potential electrical hazards.
- Check electric cords for fraying or cracking.
- Replace cords that may be damaged, and don’t overload electric outlets.
- Remember extension cords are intended to be temporary
- Don’t run cords under carpets or rugs and don’t tack or nail cords to walls or floors.
- Keep electric appliances and tools away from water.
- Never put anything other than an electrical plug in an outlet.
- Use outlet covers or caps to protect children.
Keep your home’s electrical system in good repair.
- Never touch downed power lines!
- Always call your local utility or 911 if you see lines down.
- Watch for overhead lines every when using a ladder.
- Know what’s below before you dig. Just call 811, the National One Call Center, to have underground utility lines, pipes, and cables marked for free.
- Avoid planting trees underneath power lines or near utility equipment.