Think about all of your daily activities that rely on electricity and bring you in contact with it, without your giving much thought to its hazards. You may start the day with a hair dryer, work at a computer or with an electric drill all day long, and watch the evening news on television before you go to sleep.
As harmless as these devices appear, they all could be part of a hazardous situation related to electricity.
- Never remove the third prong – it’s there to prevent shocks!
- Throw out cords that are frayed, cracked, squished or heat up when in use.
- Don’t run extension cords under carpets or under heavy furniture.
- Use the right one for the job — there are special extension cords rated for use with appliances like heaters and air conditioners, and also ones specifically for outdoor use.
- Never overload electrical outlets by plugging in too many plugs – use an approved power bar
- Replace any broken or missing switchplate covers right away
- Make sure electrical cords on your appliances aren’t loose or damaged