Did You Know?
Electrical appliances provide convenience and enjoyment to the entire family. However, items such as lamps, televisions and electrical outlets can also pose serious injury risks, as volts of electricity travel through them constantly.
When replacing light bulbs in fixtures and lamps, always select the correct bulb, based on the bulb’s wattage. To do so, look inside the light source and find the label that outlines which size bulb to use. Using the wrong size can cause the lamp or fixture to overheat and start on fire.
Safety with Small Appliances
- Buy appliances with the ULC mark on the label. This indicates that they have been tested for safe use.
- Unplug toaster ovens, coffee makers and mixers when they are not in use.
- Store appliances away from water sources.
Electrical System Warnings
- Cover electrical outlets and switches with faceplates when they are not in use, especially if you have young children. Kids may unknowingly stick their fingers or small toys into the openings.
- Discard cords that are frayed, have exposed wires or are worn. These defects pose major burn hazards.
- Never tie or knot cords or place furniture on top of them.
- Make sure that the electrical outlet in your bathroom has a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI).
Though a blown fuse may indicate that you were simply running too many appliances at once, it could also be an indication that there are wiring problems in your home.
If you notice your lights flickering often or your power going out frequently, contact an electrician to inspect your home for damage.