Indoor Electrical Safety
During the winter months, it’s easy for cords to get misplaced or collect some dust. Take the time to move extension cords out of high traffic areas of the home to avoid a tripping hazard and decide whether they are still useful to you.
Inspect cords, plugs and outlets to ensure everything is in good working condition. Damaged or worn out cables can turn into a real fire or electrocution hazard.
To help prevent home fires, clean appliances you may have neglected that might have a buildup of things like food debris, oil and dust. An example of this buildup is in your stove’s exhaust hood. To clean it: remove the hood, clean the filter, use a degreaser on any exposed surfaces and replace the hood.
Outdoor Electrical Safety
Always call before you dig. Make a plan before beginning any major project in your yard. Start by calling 811. The professionals there will mark any potential dangers on your property, like buried wires, piping or gas and water mains located where you plan to dig.
Whether you are trimming trees or clearing out the gutters, if using a ladder always be sure to look up and out. Ensure your safety and the safety of those around you by staying at least 10 feet away from power lines when working outside.
When working outdoors, keep electrical cords and tools away from water, even wet grass. Remember water and electricity do not mix! Use caution when working with electricity in conditions such as wet grass.
Above all, continue to practice good electrical safety all year round!
Clean your dirty light switches and outlets
- To be safe, turn off the power at the electrical panel.
- Start at the front of the house making your way around to each switch plate.
- Use a antibacterial wipe or a microfiber cloth lightly dampened with all-purpose cleaner. Don’t spray directly onto the plate. It’s best to spray onto the cloth.
- Wipe over the switch plate and surrounding wall, removing all dirt and grime.
- If the switch is dirty, use a cotton swab to get into the cracks and crevices.
- Use another microfiber cloth to wipe plate dry.
- Turn the power back on.