September 15, 2019
BANGOR DAILY NEWS (BANGOR, MAINE

Electrical safety tips can save your life

May is Electrical Safety Month. Here are some do’s and don’ts in order to make your home a safer place to live.

Do’s:

* Use extension cords only on a temporary basis.

* Put safety covers on unused receptacle outlets and extension cords.

* Unplug the appliance and call an electrician if the receptacle face plate feels hot or if there is sparking, smoke or odor coming from the outlet, plug or appliance.

* Examine cords (appliances and extensions) regularly for signs of wear and tear and damage to insulation.

* Unplug all nonessential electrical appliances when not in use.

* Test ground fault circuit interrupters periodically according to manufacturer’s instructions to determine that they are working properly.

* Use only extension cords that have been listed by a registered certificate organication, such as Underwriters Labortories, Inc.

Don’ts:

* Don’t attach extension cords to the wall with nails or staples, and don’t use extension cords that are worn or damaged.

* Don’t put extension cords under rugs in high traffic areas or rest anything on an extension cord.

* Don’t overload cords with more than the proper electrical load.

* Don’t touch any appliance that has emmitted an electrical shock until the appliance has been unplugged.

* Don’t place any appliances near water such as a sink or bathtub.

* Don’t place an appliance cord so that it will come in contact with a hot surface.

* Don’t leave any wiring exposed in outlets and switches. Obtain the correct size face plate.

* Don’t ignore switches or receptacle outlets that don’t work. Obtain the help of a qualified electrician.

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