There are numerous electrical hazards out there, even in the comfort of your very own home. These can include broken electrical cords, appliances on or near the sink, outlets with a high number of connections and much, much more.
Remember these tips to avoid getting hurt by electricity while at home.
- Do not use an electric appliance around the bathtub, shower, sink or any other wet surface.
- Never touch an electrical cord or appliance with wet hands.
- Remember to avoid using too many plugs in your electrical outlets.
- Metal objects should never be inserted into appliances or outlets.
- Damaged or torn electrical cords should be disposed of.
- Pull a plug by its head not cord.
Electrical hazards are not limited to indoors. Look up and you’ll likely see power poles and lines overhead. These can be highly dangerous. Follow the rules below to keep safe around outside power equipment.
- Never fly kites, model airplanes or helicopters near electrical power lines.
- Mylar balloons should not be near power lines and should never be released into them.
- You should avoid using large items such as ladders, poles, or anything else under electrical lines that can hit, damage or pull on lines.
- Power lines are not toys, never throw items like shoes or fishing rods onto them.
- Avoid playing around power poles, transformer boxes and stay far away from fallen power lines.
- Power substations are off limits completely. Obey the signs and stay out of substations.