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Electrical Safety & Power Outages

Posted on Dec 12, 2017

Electrical Safety

  • Look for and replace frayed or cracked extension and appliance cords, loose prongs and plugs.
  • Be aware of exposed outlets and wiring; they can present a fire and life safety hazard.
  • Repair or replaceĀ appliances that emit smoke or sparks.
  • Have a licensed electrician check your home for damage.
  • If your home has sustained flood or water damage, and you can safely get to the main breaker or fuse box, turn off the power.
  • In the case of flood or water damage, assume all wires on the ground are electrically charged. This includes cable TV feeds.

If the Power Goes Out

  • Be careful when using candles. Keep the flame away from combustible objects and out of the reach of children.
  • Make certain that all electrical appliances, such as stoves, electric space heaters and hair dryers, are in the OFF position.
  • Be aware that some smoke alarms may be dependent on your home's electrical service and could be inoperative during a power outage.
  • Check to see if your smoke alarm uses a back-up battery and install a new battery at least twice a year.

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