Electrical Safety Tips
Electricity is an important and useful part of our daily lives, but it is also powerful and dangerous. Following basic electrical safety can help to reduce risk, injury and death. Below are some electrical safety resources, training and safety tips.
- FortisBC Free online electrical safety training for first responders: https://www.fortisbc.com/safety-outages/first-responders-safety-awareness
- Accidents and Electricity: https://www.fortisbc.com/safety-outages/electricity-safety/electricity-emergencies
- Fortis Electrical Safety: https://www.fortisbc.com/safety-outages/electricity-safety
- NFPA Electrical Safety: https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Fire-causes-and-risks/Top-fire-causes/Electrical
Electrical Safety Tips from the NFPA
- Have all electrical work done by a qualified electrician.
- Only use one heat-producing appliance (such as a coffee maker, toaster, space heater, etc.) plugged into a receptacle outlet at a time.
- Major appliances (refrigerators, dryers, washers, stoves, air conditioners, microwave ovens, etc.) should be plugged directly into a wall receptacle outlet. Extension cords and plug strips should not be used.
- Check electrical cords to make sure they are not running across doorways or under carpets. Extension cords are intended for temporary use.
- Use a light bulb with the right number of watts. There should be a sticker that indicates the right number of watts.
- Never touch a power line or anything in contact with one. You could be injured or electrocuted. Assume that all power lines are live. Stay at a safe distance.
- All wall outlets and switches should be covered with wall plates to prevent shocks.
- Check electrical cords often. Replace cracked, damaged, and loose electrical or extension cords. Do not try to repair them.
- If a fuse blows or a circuit breaker trips often, find out why and get the problem corrected before turning the breaker back on or replacing the fuse.
- Call a qualified electrician if you have:
- Frequent problems with blowing fuses or tripping circuit breakers
- A tingling feeling when you touch an electrical appliance
- Discolored or warm wall outlets
- A burning or rubbery smell coming from an appliance
- Flickering or dimming lights
- Sparks from an outlet
Information sourced from the NFPA Educational Reference (https://www.nfpa.org/-/media/Files/Public-Education/Resources/Educational-messaging/EMAC/EducationalMessagesDeskReference.pdf)
The NFPA safety tips factsheets are useful resources for public education; these and more information can be found on the NFPA website: https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education