Every year, electrical equipment, wiring, appliances and tools cause injuries and fires at both homes and workplaces. Paying close attention to the condition of electrical equipment and taking appropriate and prompt action to correct electrical problems can help to ensure your safety and the safety of those around you. Below are guidelines to help identify and reduce electrical hazards.
Electrical Outlet Safety
1) Avoid overloading outlets with too many appliances, and ensure that electrical loads are appropriate for the circuits.
2) Unplug appliances when they are not in use to conserve energy, as well as minimize the opportunities for electric shock or fire.
3) Use outlets instead of relying on extension cords and power strips. Consider having additional permanent outlets installed where needed.
4) Use Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) in wet/damp areas like kitchens, bathrooms and outdoors.
Electrical Cord Safety
5) Inspect electrical cords to ensure that they are not frayed, cracked or damaged.
6) Do not place electrical cords in high traffic areas, under carpets, or across doorways where they pose a potential tripping hazard or could be easily damaged.
Certification and Awareness
7) Ensure that all electrical products and equipment are certified by a nationally recognized testing laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL), and read the manufacturer’s instructions carefully.
8) Allow only trained and qualified electrical workers to perform work on electrical equipment.
9) Be aware of signs of electrical problems such as flickering lights and/or buzzing, sizzling or humming sounds from electrical systems.
Please contact your Acadia Loss Control representative for more information on ways to prevent electrical-related injuries and fires.
Acadia Insurance is pleased to share this material with its customers. Please note, however, that nothing in this document should be construed as legal advice or the provision of professional consulting services. This material is for general informational purposes only, and while reasonable care has been utilized in compiling this information, no warranty or representation is made as to accuracy or completeness.