In Home Safety Tips

Electric Cords

  • When unplugging a cord, pull on the plug, not the cord.
  • Repair or replace an appliance if the cord is damaged or frayed. 
  • Don't place cords where someone can easily trip over them or where people will be walking on them (under carpets, across doorways, etc.). 
  • When operating power tools, be sure to keep the cord away from the tool. 
  • Don't coil appliance or extension cords while they're in use. 
  • Avoid using extension cords when possible. If you must use an extension cord, pick one that is at least as large as the appliance's cord.
  • Use a three-wire extension cord with an appliance that has a three-wire cord. 
  • Use a moisture-resistant cord outside. 
  • Unplug extension cords when not in use

Small Appliances

  • Never use an appliance around or in a wet area.
  • Teach children not to touch appliances with wet hands.
  • Keep combustible materials away from heating appliances.
  • Unplug small appliances when you've finished using them. 
  • Never leave operating portable heaters unattended.


  • Use bulbs of the appropriate wattage in fixtures and lamps. Using a higher wattage bulb than recommended can overheat the bulb and may lead to fire. If the recommended wattage is not on the fixture, use a 60-watt bulb. 
  • Keep attic insulation clear of recessed lighting. 
  • Don't place anything combustible near a halogen lamp.

Other In-Home Tips

  • Childproof outlets
  • Use fuses or a circuit breaker with the recommended amps.
  • Never overload a wall receptacle with too many appliances.
  • Look for the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) seal of approval when buying electrical equipment, appliances, and decorative lighting.
  • Know your limits. Contact a professional to perform electrical work in your home.