Think Electrical Safety this Month

May is National Electrical Safety Month, and Idaho Power is sharing ways you can keep your home and loved ones safe.

This includes ensuring outlets and surge protectors aren’t overloaded and checking all power cords and replacing any that are damaged or frayed. If you have outdoor lights, make sure they are plugged into GFCI-protected outlets.

Idaho Power also suggests using appliances that have the UL (Underwriters Laboratories, Inc.) seal on them to ensure they have been tested, and to always turn off and unplug tools or appliances before making repairs or adjustments to them.

Now is also a good time to have conversations with your kids about electrical safety. Talk with them about:

  • Never playing with outlets or power cords.
  • Never using any electric appliance near water-filled sinks, bathtubs or toilets.
  • Drying your hands before touching electric appliances.
  • Flying kites and drones far away from power lines.
  • Never climbing or playing on electrical equipment, such as the green transformer boxes often seen in neighborhoods.

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Maria Willacy
Communications Specialist