May is Electrical Safety Month
- Know the warning signs of overloaded outlets: flickering/blinking lights, warm or discolored wall plates, burning odor from receptacles, mild shock or tingle from appliance or switched, frequently tripped circuit breakers.
- Do not use an extension cord or power strip with heaters and fans. This could cause the cord to overheat and result in a fire.
- Ground Fault Circuits Interrupters (GFCI) outlets should be used in all kitchens, bathrooms, garages, and outdoor outlets.
- Never use water to extinguish an electrical fire. Use a fire extinguisher or baking soda instead.
- Remember to unplug the toaster before you pry out that stuck piece of toast! Always unplug small appliances before cleaning them.