Home electrical safety: How do you stack up?

From PPL Electric Utilities

May is National Electrical Safety Month and a great time to make sure your electrical safety knowledge is up to par. We’re highlighting two important areas to help.

  • Extension cords: The Electrical Safety Foundation International reports roughly 3,300 home fires originate in extension cords each year, killing 50 people and injuring 270 more. Extension cords can overheat and cause fires when used improperly. Don’t plug extension cords into one another, always make sure the extension cord is rated for its intended use and always inspect the cord for any damage.
  • Overloaded circuits: This is a major cause of residential fires. Warning signs include flickering or dimming lights, warm or discolored wall plates and frequently tripped circuit breakers or fuses. Remember, plug all major appliances directly into a wall receptacle outlet and never use extension cords or power strips for appliances.
  • Make sure all power cords are in good condition and not frayed or cracked. Do not put nails or staples through cords.
  • Make sure plugs fit securely and are not forced into an outlet.
  • Make sure to use light bulbs that are the correct, recommended wattage.
  • Use ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) in areas where water and electricity can make contact

See additional safety information.