Hazards – don’t say it
American homes are filled with electrical
appliances and tools that enhance our lives with convenience,
comfort, and entertainment.
But the power that drives
these important devices can be a source of pain and tragedy if it is
guidelines will help you spot electrical problems that
may be present in your home and take appropriate action to
or remove dangers.
- Use the right light bulbs in all lamps and light fixtures.
- Look inside the light fixture. Find a label that tells
you which light bulb size (wattage) is right for the
- The electrical outlet in the bathroom should have a Ground
Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI.) This is a tool that protects
you from a dangerous shock
when water and
electricity come together. An electrician can install one for you.
- All electrical cords should be in good condition.
- Don’t tie or knot cords. Don’t let furniture sit on cords. Either
can cause dangerous “shorts” in your wiring.
- Look for the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) mark on the
label when you buy electrical appliances (such as toasters,
microwaves or coffee makers)
- Unplug toaster ovens, coffee makers and other small appliances
after using them.
- Keep appliances dry and away from water at all times.
- Don’t plug in too many appliances at once — you
could trip a breaker.
- Call an electrician if your lights flicker, or if your power
goes out a lot.
- Don’t “snake” extension
cords to make up for a deficit of electrical outlets.
Call an electrician to install more outlets.