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Indoor Safety

Remembering to keep electrical safety in mind when indoors is critical, espcially during storms. A little preparation can go a long way. Keep these tips in mind:

  • Install Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) in bathroom outlets and other similar areas to guard against electrical shocks.
  • Protect electronic equipment and appliances by using surge protectors or unplugging valuable electronics.
  • Cover unused electrical outlets with plain caps/covers to discourage children from playing with or plugging anything into an electrical outlet.
  • Avoid using plugged-in appliances, such as a hair dryer, when standing on a damp floor or in a wet bathtub or shower.
  • Unplug appliances before making repairs to them.
  • Check for frayed or damaged electrical cords and never staple or nail them in place.
  • Avoid overloading an outlet or circuit in your home, such as with holiday lights.
  • Learn how to replace a blown fuse or reset a tripped breaker if you have a fuse box or circuit breaker. For fused circuits, try to keep a supply of extra fuses handy and never try to override a blown fuse, which can cause electrical damage or a fire.
  • Exercise extreme caution if using candles during a power outage. Keep lit candles away from flammable objects and never leave them unattended.
  • Keep an emergency storm kit handy with a flashlight, extra batteries, a battery-powered radio and bottled water.
  • Charge any mobile devices or tablets if a storm is approaching and have them on standby.

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