HOME ELECTRICAL SAFETY TIPS
LISTEN TO YOUR BREAKERS
- A breaker that trips immediately after it’s reset is telling you that there’s an electrical problem. Keep pressing that breaker, and you’re likely to cause a fire.
NEVER THROW WATER ON AN ELECTRICAL FIRE
- This may seem obvious, but in the heat of the moment is tempting. Water conducts electricity, so doing this causes the fire to spread or even couls make it larger.
USE YOUR FIRE EXTINGUISHER EFFECTIVELY
- Firefighters recommend the time-honored PASS method:
Pull the fire extinguisher’s safety pin.
Aim the nozzle at the base of the fire.
Squeeze the extinguisher’s handle.
Sweep the nozzle in a side-to-side
motion until the flames are out.
GET A LIFESAVER
- Install a GFCI Outlet (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) if you have an electrical outlet near a potential moisture source in places like the kitchen, bathroom or outdoors. This will protect you and the outlet from getting jolted.