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Safety Tips 

KEEP YOUR FAMILY SAFE

Electricity is one of the biggest inventions of all time, and as we all know, we could not live without it. If used improperly, it could be extremely dangerous; therefore, here are some tips to keep your home well lit and your family safe and happy.

 

  • When using extension cords, be sure the cord does not become tangled around itself or another object.
  • Extension cords should only be used on a temporary basis. Do not use them as a substitute for household wiring. 
  • Never plug an extension cord into another extension cord, and use only cords that are in good repair. Do not use if the insulation is frayed or is pulled out from the end cap.
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  • Never remove the third prong from a grounded three-prong plug to make it fit into a two prong outlet. This could cause electrical shock. If necessary, buy an adapter so that you can use a three-prong plug in a two-prong outlet.
  • Do not run cords underneath carpets, rugs, or furniture. When cords are placed in an area where they can be stepped on frequently, the wires may separate and could lead to a short or even a fire
  • To avoid possible shocks, avoid electrical appliances and corded telephones when a thunderstorm is approaching.
  • Periodically check the indicator lights on your incoming surge protector located at the service main. This is your first line of defence for your home's wiring and appliances.   
    Our surge strips and protectors have a
    Lifetime Warranty and are not available in stores. 
     
        
  • Never wire a backup generator directly into your home's wiring. Always utilize an approved transfer switch for this application.
  • Position electrical heaters at least four feet away from any flammable items such as rugs, curtains or furniture.
  • When using an electrical blanket, never cover it with other blankets or tuck it in. Do not use the blanket if there are any cracks or breaks in its wiring.
  • Never force a plug into a wall socket. If the plug does not fit, it does not fit. Plugs should always fit securely and should never be loose in the socket.
  • Keep all small electrical appliances away from water sources. If an appliance does fall into water, unplug it before reaching in to retrieve it.
  • Small appliances such as hair dryers, curling irons, and toasters should always be unplugged when they are not in use.
  • Be sure to always check the wattage on lamps and bulbs to make sure that they match manufacturer recommendations.
  • Never replace a fuse with bigger or lower amperage than the one you took out, and never place objects in fuse sockets 

     

    Never do your own electrical work if you are not qualified. Always call a licenced technician. 783-3788