How Safe is Electricity?

Electricity, when used properly, is a safe and convenient form of energy. When used improperly, electricity can cause fires, shocks, injuries and even death. Follow these safety tips to help you avoid electrical accidents.

Using Electricity Safely at Home

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 or outlets.


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  • - Disconnect appliances before cleaning.
  • - Stay clear from touching metal plumbing, metal objects or appliances during a thunderstorm.
  • - Do not put anything on a lamp or heater, especially wet clothes.
  • - Keep anything metal away from an electrical socket or inside a toaster.
  • - Never use an appliance while standing in water or when wet.


  • - Turn off switch or unplug appliance before changing light bulbs.
  • - In case of an electrical fire, call the fire department and 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.

What to Do in Cases of Electric Shock

Do not touch the victim until the electricity is turned off.

Scenario 1:

If the victim is in contact with electric power lines, the only safe action is to call the power company.

Scenario 2:

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.

Scenario 3:

For shock, cover the victim with a jacket or blanket to keep them warm and raise his/her feet.

My Safe Home

This Home Safety Checklist will help you and your family better understand how to safely use electricity in your home. Always investigate around appliances with an adult!