Electrical safety at home

This article was published in May 2020 and may be outdated.

The uncertainty of what will happen, distraction and fatigue mean we might not pay attention to what we normally would. That’s why it’s vital to take an extra moment to make sure your home and family are safe.

Follow these electrical safety tips to help you keep your family safe.

  • Replace damaged power cords. Exposed wiring is dangerous. If you see the protective coating on a wire is stripped away, don’t use it and replace it as soon as possible.
  • Don’t overload outlets. Every outlet in your home is designed to deliver a certain amount of electricity – plugging too many devices into it may cause a fire.
  • Avoid extension cords as much as possible. Running extension cords to plug in laptops or other electronic devices can trip family members. This can cause injury and damage to the wire or outlet if it’s ripped out of the wall. If you use extension cords often, consider having an electrician install new outlets in your home when you can schedule an appointment.
  • Keep electrical equipment away from water. Water conducts electricity, so even the slightest exposure is dangerous and can lead to injury. Make sure you wipe up any spills, so plugs don’t get wet. And avoid plugging in charging devices near a sink or bathtub.
  • Protect small children from hazards. Toddlers and small children are curious. They love to explore. Parents should put safety caps on all electrical outlets. And all loose cords should be tidied up and put out of reach to avoid kids tugging on them.
  • Always charge your devices on a hard, flat surface. Never charge them on a bed, sofa or other flammable surface as they can overheat and cause a fire.

See more safety tips for around the home.