Electrical Safety at Home or Work

Keep yourself and your family safe when using electricity at your home, farm or office.


  • 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.
  • For appliances that must be grounded, only use extension cords with three prongs.

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.

Electricity and Water

Water and electric appliances don’t mix. If an appliance falls into a filled tub or 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 clean and dry.
  • Always unplug small appliances when washing them. Never put appliances, such as mixers or toasters, in water.
  • Ensure any outlets near water sources (in bathrooms, kitchens near a sink or outdoor outlets) are ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) protected.

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