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Electrical System Safety

We want our customers to use electricity safely in their homes, farms and offices. Listed below are some tips for keeping you and your family safe when using electricity.


  • Don't place cords where they can be damaged by walking on them or where damage can go unnoticed.
  • Ensure that cords are not broken, frayed or have damaged insulation. If there is any sign of damage, have them repaired or replaced immediately.
  • Only use extension cords with three-prong plugs for appliances that must be grounded.

Electric Heaters

  • Keep flammable materials clear of electric heaters.
  • Use Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. (UL) approved appliances. The UL seal ensures the product has been tested.
  • Don't place blankets, drapes or furniture close to electric heaters or hot plates.


  • Don't overload an outlet with too many cords.
  • Place safety covers over outlets, especially if you have small children or toddlers. Never let children play with outlets or power cords.

Power Poles

  • Never climb on power poles or transmission towers.
  • Don’t attach signs to power poles.

Electricity and Water

Water and electric appliances don't mix. If an appliance falls into a tub of water or a sink,  or if you touch an electrical appliance with wet hands or while standing in water, you risk severe electrical shock or possibly death.

  • Never use any electric appliance, including hair dryers, TVs, and radios, near water-filled sinks, bathtubs or toilets.
  • Always dry your hands before touching electric appliances.
  • Keep the floor around your washer and dryer dry and clean.
  • Always unplug small appliances when washing them. Never immerse appliances such as mixers or toasters in water.
  • Any outlets near water sources (in bathrooms, kitchens near a sink or outdoor outlets) should be GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) protected.

Power Lines

  • Never fly kites near overhead power lines.
  • Always look up and look around when moving a ladder or equipment that may come in contact with overhead power lines.
  • Do not touch or go near a fallen power line. Call Idaho Power at 1-800-488-6151.
  • Never touch or go near a person in contact with a downed power line. Call 911.

Related Information


Downed Power Line Safety

Downed Power Line Safety

Working with 15,000 volts of live electricity, Community Education Rep. Russ Weedon shows what to expect if you encounter a downed power line. Video five of seven.


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