Safety At Home
Your home is full of electrical conveniences and appliances. Electricity is used in your home so frequently you probably don't think about its usage. NNEC wants you to be safe at home when using electricity. Here are electrical safety tips for you at home:
- Don’t put materials that can burn, such as clothing, curtains, paper and flammable liquids, near lamps, heating appliances and hot surfaces.
- The electrical outlet in the bathroom should have a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) properly installed. The GFCI protects you from a dangerous shock when water and electricity come together.
- When you use electrical appliances and tools outdoors, make sure they’re properly grounded and that your work area is dry. Use only extension cords in good condition approved for outdoor use.
- When working overhead power lines, use a fiberglass ladder.
- Children should not be allowed in your work area; your power tools and other equipment may be too tempting for curious youngsters.
- Instruct your children to stay away from utility substation fences and pad-mounted transformers, or any fence, building or equipment marked “Danger: High Voltage.”
- Don't plug in too many appliances into one outlet or circuit.
- Keep appliances dry and away from water at all times.
- Use the right light bulbs in all lamps and light fixtures. Look inside the light fixture. Find a label that tells you which light bulb size (wattage) is right for the fixture.
- Use fire extinguishers or common baking soda if an electrical fire occurs.
There are many more tips to add to the list. Contact NNEC for additional information about electric safety guidelines.