May is National Electrical Safety Month

Now is a great time to reexamine your surroundings and determine what preventive measures you can put into place, As the saying goes, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

Keep an eye out for home hazards

Any of these may indicate that your home electrical system needs to be updated or repaired:

  • Frequent blown fuses
  • Dim or flickering lights
  • Sparks or sizzling sounds in outlets or walls
  • Overheated plugs, cords or switches
  • Smells of something burning or rubbery smells
  • Frayed wires
  • Feeling a mild shock or tingle when you plug in an appliance

Educate children about the dangers of electricity

Children should:

  • Never stick their fingers or any objects into light sockets or electrical outlets
  • Never touch damaged electric cords
  • Never touch anything electrical while wet or standing in water
  • Never fly kites or balloons near power lines
  • Never touch or come in contact with a downed power line
  • Never play on or around pad mounted transformers
  • Never enter an electric substation

Printed in Wood County Electric Cooperative Newsletter, May 2015