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 cords are not broken, frayed or damaged. 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.
- Keep flammable materials away from 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 plug too many cords into an outlet.
- Place safety covers over outlets, especially if you have small children or toddlers. Never let children play with outlets or power cords.
- 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 and 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 put appliances, such as mixers or toasters, in water.
- Any outlets near water sources (in bathrooms, kitchens near a sink or outdoor outlets) should be ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) protected.
Never fly kites near power lines.
Always look up and look around when moving a ladder or equipment that may touch 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 touching a fallen power line. Call 911.