Electrical Safety

To avoid electrical shocks, take the following precautions:

  • Keep electrical appliances away from sinks and bathtubs.
  • Ensure that your electrical appliances are approved by Underwriter's Laboratories (UL), which is indicated on the box or appliance itself.
  • Use ground fault circuit interrupters in areas near water, such as the kitchen, bathroom and outside.
  • Unplug electrical cords that are not in use. Keep electrical cords out of reach of children.
  • Cover unused electrical outlets with safety covers.
  • Turn off electrical equipment that is not being used.
  • Replace or repair damaged or loose electrical cords.
  • In homes with small children, make sure your home has tamper-resistant (TR) receptacles.
  • Avoid running extension cords across doorways or under carpets.
  • Consider having additional circuits or outlets added by a qualified electrician so you do not have to use extension cords.
  • Follow the manufacturer's instructions for plugging an appliance into a receptacle outlet.
  • Avoid overloading outlets. Plug only one high-wattage appliance into each receptacle outlet at a time.