Using it safely at home
Electricity, when used properly, is a safe and convenient form of energy. When used improperly, electricity can cause fires, shocks, injuries and even death. The following safety tips will help you avoid electrical accidents.
Be careful with electrical cords. Avoid placing cords where people will trip over them or where they will receive excessive wear. Keep cords away from heat and water and do not twist, kink or crush cords. Always unplug an appliance by pulling the plug, not the cord. A frayed cord can shock you. Do not overload extension cords.
Never use an appliance while standing in water or when wet. Do not put anything on a lamp or heater, especially wet clothes. Disconnect appliances before cleaning. Never put anything metal in an electrical socket or in a toaster. Turn off circuits when changing light bulbs. Do not touch metal plumbing or metal objects and appliances at the same time.
In case of an electrical fire, call the fire department; unplug the appliance if it is safe to do so. Always use a fire extinguisher or baking soda to put out an electrical fire, never use water.
In case of electric shock, do not touch the victim until electricity is turned off. If the victim is in contact with electric power lines, the only safe action is to call the power company. If the victim is in contact with a low voltage cord, use a dry rope or stick to remove the cord from the victim. Call 911 and, if necessary, perform CPR or for shock. Cover the victim with a jacket or blanket and raise his/her feet.