Check for outlets that have loose-fitting plugs, which can overheart and
lead to fire. Replace any missing or broken wall plates. Make sure there
are safety covers on all unused outlets that are accessible to children.
Make sure cords are in good condition not frayed or cracked. Make sure
they are placed out of traffic areas. Cords should never be nailed or
stapled to the wass, baseboard or to another object. Do not place cords
under carpets or rugs or rest any furniture on them.
Check to see that the cords are not overloaded. Additionally, extension
cords should only be used on a temporary asis; they are not intended as
permanent household wiring. Mae sure extension cords have safety closers
to help prevent young children from shock hazards and mouth burn injuries.
Make sure your plugs fit your outlets. Never remove the ground pin (the
third prong) to make a three-prong plug fit a two-conductor outlet; this
could lead to an electrical shock. NEVER FORCE A PLUG INTO AN OUTLET IF
IT DOESN'T FIT. Plugs should fit secure3ly into outlets. Avoid overloading
outlet with too many appliances.
GROUND FAULT CIRCUIT INTERRUPTERS (GFCIs)
GFCIs can help prevent electrocution. They should be used in any area
where water and electricity may come into contact. When a GFCI senses
current leakage in a n electrical circuit, it assumes a ground fault has
occurred. It then interrupts power fast enough to help prevent serious
injury from electrical shock. Test GFCIs regularly according to the manufacturer's
instructions to make sure they are working properly.
Check the wattage of all bulbs in light fixtures to make sure they are
the correct wattage for the size of the fixture. Replace bulbs that have
higher wattage than recommended; if you don't know the correct wattage,
check with the manufacturer of the fixture. Make sure bulbs are screwed
in securely; loose bulbs may overheat.
Circuit breakers and fuses should be the correct size current rating for
their circuit. If you do not know the correct size, have an electrician
identify and label the size to be used. Always replace a fuse with the
same size fuse.
WATER AND ELECTRICITY DON'T MIX
Don't leave plugged in appliances where they might come into contact with
water. If a plugged-in appliance falls into water, NEVER reach in to pull
it out- even if its turned off. First turn off the power source at the
panel board and then unplug the appliance. If you have and appliance that
has gotten wet, don't use it until it has been checked by a qualified
If an appliance repeatedly blows a fuse, trips a circuit breaker, or if
it has given you a shock, unplug it and have it repaired or replace.
ENTERTAINMENT/ COMPUTER EQUIPMENT
Check to see that the equipment is in good condition and working properly;
look for cracks or damage in wiring, plugs, and connectors. Use a surge
protector bearing the seal of a nationally recognized certification agency.
Electric-powered mowers and other tools should not be used in the rain,
on wet grass or in wet conditions. Inspect power tools and electric lawn
mowers before each use for frayed power cords, broken plugs, and cracked
or broken housings. If damaged, stop using it immediately. Repair it or
replace it. Always use an extension cord marked for outdoor use and rated
for the power needs of your tools. Remember to unplug all portable power
tools when not in use. Since metal ladders conduct electricity, watch
out for overhead wires and power lines.
During an electrical storm, do not use appliances (i.e. hairdryers, toasters,
and radios) or telephones (except in an emergency); do not take a bath
or shower; keep batteries on hand for flashlight and radios in case of
a power outage; and use surge protectors on electronic devices and appliances.
Space heaters are meant to supply supplemental heat. Keep space heaters
at least 3 ft. away from any combustible materials such as bedding, clothing,
draperies, furniture, and rugs. Don't use in rooms where chi8children
are unsupervised and remember to turn off and unplug when not in use.
HALOGEN FLOOR LAMPS
Halogen floor lamps operate at much higher temperatures than a standard
incandescent light bulb. Never place a halogen floor lamp where it could
come in contact with draperies, clothing or other combustible materials.
Be sure to turn the lamp off whenever you leave the room for an extended
period of time and never use torchiere lamps in children's bedrooms or
Metal guards are now required for all halogen torchier lamps. To obtain
a free wire guard, visit one of the following stores in your area; Ames,
B.J.'s Wholsale Club, Hechingers, Home Base, Home Depot, Home Quarters,
Ikea, Kmart, Lowes, Montgomery Ward, Office Depot, Targe or Walmart.
If you cannot get to one of these stores, you may write to Dana Lighting,
55 Norfolk Ave, Easton, Massachusetts 02375, Attn: Consumer Services.
Please include your name, address and number of guards needed. It will
take approximately 8-10 weeks for delivery.