Electrical Safety at Home

  1. Fires are frequently caused by improper installation of electrical devices by untrained electricians
  2. It is essential to remember that water and electricity do not mix. This is extremely dangerous and must be avoided at all times
  3. When you use electrical devices safely, you can prevent electrical problems
  4. Always use the proper size fuse. Never place a coin behind a fuse when you do not have a spare fuse
  5. Clothing or towels should never be placed on a lampshade. This is a fire hazard
  6. Ensure that proper wattage is used on all light fixtures. Most light fixtures are labeled to indicate the brightest bulb that can be safely used
  7. Use only extension cords that are rated for the power used by the device they are powering
  8. Ensure that only authorized and licensed electricians conduct electrical installations
  9. All electrical appliances used outdoors should be designed for that purpose
  10. Outdoor receptacles should be the ground fault circuit interrupting type (GFCI)


Clues that indicate electrical problems in the home:

  1. Frequently blown fuses or broken circuits
  2. A frequently blown bulb is a sign the bulb is too high a wattage for the fixture
  3. A warm electrical cord is an indication that the cord is underrated or defective
  4. When you insert or remove a plug and sparks appear, you may have a loose connection
  5. Flickering lights could be an indication that the circuit is overloaded or has a loose connection