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electric safety
Stoves, hairdryers, computers, toasters, televisions, and all manner of electrical appliances, fill our homes. No matter the appliance, the essential safety rules include:

Check electrical cords for worn spots or frayed wires. Don't mend it, replace it! Homemade repairs are a common source of fires.
Use extension cords sparingly and only on a temporary basis. Too many appliances plugged into one cord causes overheating. Overheated wires start one of every six home fires.
Don't place power cords under carpets, rugs, or furniture, and never staple or nail cords to walls, baseboards, or other objects.
Don't use multi-plug sockets. Check behind your TV. Are the VCR, CD player, cable box, stereo, and tape deck all plugged into each other? Before you add that video game ask yourself, "Am I playing with fire?"
Keep flammable materials away from lamps and heaters. Place electric heaters away from well-traveled areas where someone might trip and fall.
Place electrical appliances a safe distance from sinks and tubs.
Check that all electrical items in your home are certified by a nationally recognized independent testing lab, such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL), CSA Group, ETL, or MET Labs.
Inspect electrical outlets on a regular basis. Look for overheating, loose connections, and corrosion. Outlets that have loose-fitting plugs can lead to arcing and fire.
Never remove the third prong from a plug to make it fit a two-prong outlet. This could lead to an electrical shock.
Don't overload outlets with too many appliances. Unplugging appliances that are not in use cuts the risk for electric shock or fire and conserves energy.
If an outlet or switch wall plate is hot to the touch, immediately shut off the circuit and have a professional check it.
Replace any missing or broken wall plates.
Install safety covers on all unused outlets so children can't play with them.
Since halogen floor lamps operate at much higher temperatures than standard incandescent light bulbs, never place these lamps where they can come in touch with drapes, clothing, or other combustible materials. All halogen lamps should have safety cages over the bulb. They reduce the risk of fire.
During an electrical storm, do not use appliances, and only use the telephone if it's an emergency. Do not take a bath or shower.
Make sure your home includes ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs), which prevent accidental electrocution by shutting off the circuit if they sense a "leak" of current off the circuit, and arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs), which help prevent fires by shutting off the circuit.



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