Practical pointers for National Electrical Safety Month
Article was added on Friday, May 09, 2014
May is National Electrical Safety Month, and Santee Electric
Cooperative is joining with
the Electrical Safety Foundation International to raise awareness
about potential home electrical hazards and the importance of
electrical safety. This year's campaign, "Back to the Basics,"
challenges consumers to make home electrical safety assessments a
According to the Consumer Electronics Association, the average
home today has a minimum of three televisions, two DVD players, at
least one digital camera, one desktop computer, and two cell
"Modern homes run on electricity, but if you don't properly
maintain your electrical products they can create hazards," warns
Hank Williamson, SEC Safety Director. "The good news is that
eliminating electrical hazards from your home doesn't have to be
difficult or expensive."
Many homes and their electrical systems were built before most
modern-day home electronics and appliances were even invented.
Today's increased demand for energy can overburden an older home's
Santee Electric Cooperative
offers the following tips to help identify and eliminate electrical
hazards to protect yourself, your family, and your home:
• Make sure entertainment centers and computer equipment have
plenty of space around them for ventilation.
• Use extension cords as a temporary solution, and never as a
permanent power supply.
• Do not place extension cords in high-traffic areas, under
carpets, or across walkways, where they pose a potential tripping
• Use a surge protector to protect your computer and other
electronic equipment from damage caused by voltage changes.
• Heavy reliance on power strips is an indication that you have
too few outlets to address your needs. Have additional outlets
installed by a qualified, licensed electrician.
• Keep liquids, including drinks, away from electrical items
such as televisions and computers.
Electrical safety awareness
and education among consumers, families, employees, and communities
will help prevent electrical fires, injuries, and fatalities.
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