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 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.

Electric Heaters

  • 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.

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 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.

Power Lines

  • 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.

  • How To Be Safe Around Power Lines brochure / Español versión.

Related Information

Stray-Voltage Information

Electromagnetic Field (EMF) Information

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