Electrical Safety at Home
It's easy to practice electrical safety. Remember that
electricity always takes the shortest way to the ground. It will
go through wire, metal, wet objects... or you. It's invisible,
but very real, so treat it with respect.
Wires run around, through and over our houses.
And each year hundreds are electrocuted in their homes, and
thousands are injured in electricity-related accidents...
Accidents that can be prevented with a little foresight, and
some common sense.
Here are some indoor safety tips:
Keep appliances like hair dryers away from water-filled tubs
Unplug appliances before you clean them.
Use only appliances and equipment approved by Underwriters
Laboratories (look for the UL listing on the label), or
other recognized testing laboratories.
Don't overload outlets with cords. If your TV picture
shrinks or flickers when major appliances go on, or if fuses
or circuit breakers blow frequently, you should have your
circuits and wiring checked.
Never unplug or carry anything by its cord. And don't run
cords under carpets or furniture; the cords can overheat and
cause a fire.
Make it a habit to unplug small appliances when they're not
in use, and push them to the back of your counters. And make
sure you use all three prongs of your electric plugs, and
replace worn or frayed cords immediately. Never force a plug
into an outlet if it doesn't fit, and never nail or tack
cords to walls or floors.
Teach your kids not to poke things into electrical outlets,
toasters, or any other appliances, whether they're on or
off. Use plug covers or inserts in all your outlets.
Keep electrical cords away from kids' reach. Teach them that
electricity and water never mix. Keep all radios, hair
dryers and other appliances secured or out of bathrooms.
Here are some outdoor safety tips:
If you have overhead electrical service, watch out for the
drop line from the utility pole to your house. Don't hit it
with implements or let other wires touch it. Be particularly
careful when you are unloading materials from your car or
Overhead power lines might look insulated. They aren't. The
dark color may be weather protection or oxidation... Not
insulation. And even an insulated line may have flaws in the
insulation, and contact could mean serious injury. Keep
away! If you must work near power lines, contact us or the
utility involved before you start work. Ask that safety
measures be taken, or the lines de-energized. We want to
work with you to make sure you work safely.
Outdoor outlets should be on a circuit protected by a ground
fault circuit interrupter (GFCI), which are required in
newer homes in bathrooms, garages, outdoors, and near sinks.
GFCIs can be added as a temporary plug-in adapter, added as
a replacement outlet, or even installed as a circuit
breaker. Check with your electrician for options.
Keep television and radio antennas away from power lines.
They should be far enough away to remain clear if they were
Teach your kids never to fly kites near any power lines.
Toys or other objects caught in electrical equipment should
be left alone and the kids should find an adult to help.
Balls or other objects tossed or falling into an electrical
substation should be left there. Call AEP or the
utility involved to retrieve the item.
Teach your kids to recognize "Danger" signs
and not to climb in trees if power lines pass through or
near them. They should also know that pad-mounted
transformers (those metal cabinets on concrete pads) are not
safe places to play. If you have any question call Patch Independent Home Inspections, LLC or a licensed electrican for the answers.