Electrical Safety

By Josh Oursler & Jacob Austin

3 Ways to Prevent Electrical Hazards

1. Never mix water and electricity.

2. Pay attention to what your appliances are telling you.

3. Plug appliances into GFCI-protected outlets.

First Aid Tips

There are a few easy things you can do to help a person who has been electrocuted.

1. Do not touch the person.

2. Turn off power, pull plug or pull person away with cloth loop.

3. Administer CPR if qualified and call medical help.

Overloaded Circuits.

The U.S. Fire Administration says that in urban areas, faulty wiring accounts for 33 percent of residential fires; many avoidable electrical fires are caused by overloaded circuits. Older apartments often have few outlets, so tenants use extension cords or power strips. But this isn’t safe, according to the FEMA publicationResidential Building Electrical Fires. Because heat-producing cooking appliances use a lot of power, you should be particularly careful where you plug them in.