Household Safety Tips
- Install Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) on outlets near water sources (bathrooms, kitchens, unfinished basements, outdoors, garages, etc.).
- Install Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCIs) to protect new circuits in all areas except: bathrooms, unfinished basements, outdoors and garages.
- Test GFCIs and AFCIs monthly to ensure proper functioning exists.
- Use surge protectors for computers or entertainment equipment. (Call 763-786-8484 for a quote on whole house surge protection.)
- Install tamper resistant outlets.
- Use covers on non tamper resistant outlets within reach of children.
- Do not overload outlets.
- Avoid use of extension cords.
- Unplug small appliances when not in use.
- Check for damaged or frayed cords and replace them. Pull the plug and not the cord when unplugging appliances.
- Replace blown fuses and light bulbs with the correct size replacements (check amperage and wattage).
- Install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors within ten feet of bedrooms and replace them on a regular basis (check with manufacturer). You may want to replace them if they’re several years old.
- Use a corded or cellular phone during power outages. Cordless phones without a battery backup will not work during a power outage.
- If you have a backup generator, make sure it is properly installed and maintained. (Call 763-786-8484 if you would like to add a generator system to your home.)
- During a power outage:
- Turn off or unplug major appliances until electric service is restored.
- Unplug TVs, radios and computers.
- Leave one light on so you will know when the power comes back on.
- Keep refrigerators and freezers closed as much as possible to keep food from spoiling.
- Check you outdoor electricity mast and meter box for storm damage. (Call 763-786-8484 if damage is visible.)
NOTE: electrical codes can change at any time and vary from city to city; therefore, this information may not be current and Total Electric accepts no responsibility for the use of this information.
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