Attending school at home? Follow these electrical safety tips to keep you, your family, and your home safe from electrical hazards.
- Avoid overloading outlets.
- Unplug appliances when not in use to save energy and minimize the risk of shock and fire.
- Regularly inspect electrical cords and extension cords for damage.
- Extension cords should only be used on a temporary basis.
- Never plug a space heater or fan into an extension cord or power strip.
- Never run cords under rugs/carpets, doors, or windows.
- Plug in smartly. Make sure cords do not become tripping hazards.
- Keep papers and other potential combustibles at least three feet away from space heaters and other heat sources.
- Make sure you use proper wattage for lamps/lighting.
- Make sure your home has smoke alarms. Test them monthly, change batteries yearly, and replace the unit every 10 years.
Wherever you are learning, it’s always important to be safe.