We depend on electricity, a powerful force in all of our lives. It makes so many things possible and is ever present in our homes, at work and at play, that we often take it for granted. Because it is so powerful, it is important that we use electricity safely.
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Don’t Overload Wiring Or Outlets!
Signs of overloaded wiring include:
Individual electrical outlets are designed to carry a limited amount of electricity, so remember:
If you think your wiring needs updating, deal only with licensed electrical contractors!
Be Careful With Cords, Plugs, And Equipment
Attention to small things can prevent big problems later. Some simple safety practices:
Check for the following danger signs or hazards:
When using electricity outdoors, use only three–conductor grounded power cords and plugs designed for outdoor use and connected to a GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) breaker.
Protect Your Electronic Appliances
Power surges, caused by interruptions or changes in the flow of electricity, can seriously damage your valuable electronic equipment. Of course, a surge protector is no match for a direct strike from lightning, but it can protect devices from indirect lightning and damage from small surges. Surge protectors are available through retail outlets to help protect your equipment from hundreds of dollars in damage.
Have Respect For Power Lines
Be extremely careful to avoid working within 10 feet of power lines. Do NOT attempt to cut trees off of power lines.This is a task for trained professionals.
Keep all items at least 10 feet below overhead power lines:
And remember these life-saving tips:
Water + Electricity = Danger
Avoid contact between electricity and water.
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