Electrical Safety in the Home

  • Always match the light bulb with the recommended wattage on the lamp or fixture. Exceeding the recommended wattage can result in overheating the wiring and could cause a fire.
  • In homes with small children, have tamper-resistant devices installed in outlets.
  • Never run an electrical cord under a carpet or across a doorway.
  • Major appliances, such as air conditioners, refrigerators, stoves, dryers, etc., should be plugged directly into an outlet without an extension cord or plug strip.
  • It is best to plug only 1 heat-producing appliance, such as a heater, coffee maker, or toaster, into a receptacle outlet at a time.
  • Electrical extension cords are intended for temporary use. If you must use an extension cord, inspect it regularly for wear and tear. Ensure it fits securely in the outlet and does not feel warm after use. The best recommendation is to have a qualified electrician provide more outlets where they are needed.
  • When you need electrical work done, always use a qualified electrician.
  • When buying a new home or remodeling your home, have a qualified electrician do an inspection.
  • Consider having an electrician install arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs) so that the electricity shuts off if a dangerous condition exists. Ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) are also recommended to reduce the risk of shock in bathrooms, kitchens, garages, basements, and outdoors.