National Electrical Safety Month Shines a Light on Home Safety

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Electricity is all around us, powering the many devices we rely on every day. With so many of us spending more time at home – and probably binge watching a few shows – it’s more important than ever to keep tabs on potential electrical hazards throughout the home.

From properly placing cords to regularly testing smoke detectors, there are simple steps we all can take to prevent serious injuries, home fires and other property damage. Keep your home and family safe with these tips:

  1. Prevent accidents by placing cords where they won't be walked on or tripped over. Avoid twisting, kinking or crushing cords.
  2. Avoid using extension cords whenever possible. If needed, use the right size cord for the job. Do not exceed the cord's recommended rating.
  3. Never use an extension cord as a permanent substitute for adequate, safe wiring.
  4. Inspect electrical cords regularly for signs of wear or damage. Replace damaged cords promptly.
  5. Bulb wattage matters! Use light bulbs that match the recommended wattage on a lamp or fixture.
  6. Keep combustibles, such as paper, drapes or furniture, far away from heat-producing appliances like space heaters and irons.
  7. Unplug cords and appliances and store them in a safe place when not in use.
  8. Use safety covers on all electrical outlets that are not in use to prevent shock.
  9. Portable heaters should never be left unattended. Turn them off if you leave the room and before going to sleep.
  10. Test smoke detectors monthly and replace the batteries yearly. The entire smoke detector should be replaced every 10 years.  

Electrical Safety for All Ages

It’s never too early to discuss home electrical safety with all members of your family. If you’re looking for a fun way to explain the basics of electricity, safety, energy efficiency and more, check out our Electric Avenue online resource.

Check back next week when we dive into important considerations when working and playing outdoors. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter for tips and info throughout National Electrical Safety Month, or visit for resources on a variety of safety topics.


CONTACT: Christy Hajoway, 330-374-6544

Last Modified: May 7, 2020