Electrical Safety

December 10, 2019

SAFETY TIPS

  • Have all electrical work done by a qualified electrician.

  • When you are buying or remodeling a home, have it inspected by a qualified electrician.

  • Only plug one heat-producing appliance (such as coffee maker, toaster, space heater, etc.) into a receptacle outlet at a time.

  • Major appliances (refrigerators, dryers, washers, stoves, air conditioners, etc.) should be plugged directly into a wall receptacle outlet. Extension cords and plug strips should not be used.

  • Arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs) are a kind of circuit breaker that shuts off electricity when a dangerous condition occurs. Consider having them installed in your home. Use a qualified electrician.

  • Use ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) to reduce the risk of shock. GFCIs shut off an electrical circuit when it becomes a shock hazard. They should be installed inside the home in bathrooms, kitchens, garages and basements. All outdoor receptacles should be GFCI protected.

  • Test AFCIs and GFCIs once a month to make sure they are working properly.

  • Check electrical cords to make sure they are not running across doorways or under carpets. Extension cords are intended for temporary use. Have a qualified electrician add more receptacle outlets so you don't have to use extension cords.

  • Use light bulbs that match the recommended wattage on the lamp or fixture. There should be a sticker that indicates the maximum wattage light bulb to use.

 

 

IMPORTANT REMINDER

  • Call a qualified electrician or your landlord if you have:

  • Frequent problems with blowing fuses or tripping circuit breakers

  • A tingling feeling when you touch an electrical appliance

  • Discolored or warm wall outlets

  • A burning or rubbery smell coming from an appliance

  • Flickering or dimming lights

  • Sparks from an outlet

 

 

Source:

Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Squad

www.mcfrs.org/mcsafe

 

 

 

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