Some stores start stocking holiday decorations and décor as early as August, and it can feel odd to see wreaths, ornaments and trees already for sale.
But now that we are getting closer to the holiday season, many are starting to pick out the perfect sign to add to their door or planning an outdoor light display that will impress all the neighbors. One thing that goes hand in hand with a lot of holiday decorations are extension cords and power outlets.
This month’s safety topic is electrical safety, and while extension cords are a convenient way to supply power right where you need it, they can create hazards if not used safely. These are a few safety tips to keep in mind to keep your house the most impressive on the street:
- Extension cords should only be used on a temporary basis.
- Make sure extension cords are properly rated for their intended use, indoor or outdoor, and meet or exceed the power needs of the appliance or device being used.
- Inspect cords for damage before use. Check for cracked or frayed sockets, loose or bare wires, and loose connections.
- Never use a cord that feels hot or is damaged in any way.
- Make sure that cords are not pinched in doors, windows, or under heavy furniture, which could damage the cord’s insulation.
- Keep extension cords out of high-traffic areas like doorways or walkways where they pose a tripping hazard.
At work, electrical safety is an important thing to always have in mind while working around equipment and power sources. These are some basic “don’ts” when it comes to electrical safety at work:
- Don’t overload outlets or motors.
- Don’t let grease, dust, or dirt build up on machinery.
- Don’t place power cords near heat or water.
- Don’t run cords along the floor where they can be damaged.
- Don’t touch anything electric with wet hands.
Whether you’re at home or at work, make sure that all of your electrical cords and equipment are properly handled and cared for to avoid accidents and injuries.