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.
Please stay away from any downed power line and anything touching it. The ground around the power line may be energized as far as 35 feet.
Don’t attempt to touch anyone in direct contact with a downed line, as you could become the next victim. Call 911 for help.
Please don’t attempt to move the downed line from its current location.
If a power line falls on your car while you are in it, stay in the car. Honk your horn to summon help, but direct others away from the vehicle. If you must leave the car due to fire, jump from the vehicle, place both feet on the ground simultaneously, and avoid contact with both the vehicle and the ground simultaneously.