Electricity helps make our lives easier but its power and potential for fire-related hazards shouldn't be overlooked. Learn more about how to stay safe from electrical fires.
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Indoor electrical safety
- 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.
- Extension cords should only be used temporarily. Have a licensed electrician install additional wall outlets where you need them. Find one at www.technicalsafetybc.ca/find-licensed-contractor
- Don’t overload extension cords or wall outlets.
- Check your electrical cords. If they are cracked or damaged, replace them. Don’t try to repair them.
- Use light bulbs that match the recommended wattage on the lamp or fixture.
- Electrical work should only be done by a licensed electrician. Find one at www.technicalsafetybc.ca/find-licensed-contractor
Outdoor electrical safety
- Use lighting, extension cords and power tools that are listed by a qualified test laboratory and make sure they are made for outdoor use.
- Check lighting and extension cords for damage before using. Remember that extension cords aren't meant for long-term use.
- Have a licensed electrician do all electrical work. Find one at www.technicalsafetybc.ca/find-licensed-contractor
- To prevent electrical shock, make sure all your outside electrical receptacles are GFCI (ground-fault circuit interrupter) protected.
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Follow the links below for resources from National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the U.S. Fire Administration (FEMA).