Here are ten tips to keep you safe.
- Use child protective receptacle covers or have Tamper Resistant Receptacles installed to prevent children from inserting objects into a receptacles. Tamper resistant receptacles are the law on new construction, and will soon be mandatory for all child care operations. DO NOT USE THE REMOVABLE PLASTIC INSERTS. THEY ARE A CHOKING HAZARD TO CHILDREN.
- Ensure that you have functioning Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters in all required areas, such as in bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms and outdoor outlets.
- Keep all electrical devices in good working condition. A cord end should fit snugly when inserted into the outlet. There is a specific tester to measure tension – consult a qualified licenced electrical contractor.
- If you expose an outlet or switch by removing the cover plate for painting or wallpapering, always replace it as soon as possible, as it is intended to prevent accidental contact with wiring.
- Do not remove the cover from the electrical panel to expose the wiring to the breakers. Ever.
- Periodically check the electrical cords on all appliances and lamps to ensure they are in good condition. Have the item replaced or repaired if the cord is damaged or discoloured.
- Turn off the main switch before replacing a screw-in or cartridge fuse.
- Use a portable GFCI type extension cord protector when working with tools powered by a portable generator.
- Never walk toward a downed power line. You must assume it is live and the electricity can travel through the ground. Stay away and call 911.
- Never get out of a vehicle that has a downed power line on it. Use your cell to call 911 or wait for assistance.
Respect your electricity and have your electrical system and appliances inspected and maintained for good working order.