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Common Safety Practices


  • Keep electrical tools and appliances away from water
  • Never use electrical tools or appliances if you are wet
  • Immediately turn off any appliance that sputters, stalls or gives you teh slightest shock-repair it before turning on
  • Always disconnect an electric appliance or tool by pulling the plug, rather than the cord
  • Unplug appliances when they are not in use
  • Have professionals inspect your furnace or heat pump annually to make sure it is operating efficiently and correctly
  • Avoid overloading outlets
  • Look for the Underwriters Laboratory (UL) listing on appliances you buy
  • Obey manufacturer's instructions
  • Make sure you have a properly charged, Class "C" fire extinguisher available to extinguish any electrical fire
  • Keep space heaters at least 3 feet away from any combustible material such as bedding, clothing, furniture and rugs
  • If you use an electric heater, don't overload circuit
  • Don't use a range or oven for additional heat; besides it being a safety hazard, it can ben a source of possible toxic fumes
  • Make sure light bulbs are the correct wattage for the fixture
  • Install surge protection on sensitive electronic equipment to protect against power surges or lightning

Use power cords wisely:

  • Do not run power cords across driveways or other areas where they might become worn or severed
  • Do not string multiple cords together. Never use damaged cords
  • Never place cords under rugs or through doorways where they could trip someone or be subjected to extreme wear
  • When outdoors, use cords marked "For Outdoor Use."
  • Replace worn or frayed cords or plugs with loose prongs


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