To guard against electrical shocks:
* Don't use a plugged-in appliance, like a hair dryer, when
standing on a damp floor or in a wet bathtub or shower.
* Never set a radio, telephone or any other electrical appliance on
the edge of a tub or sink. If you want music in the bathroom, get
a battery-operated radio meant for use near water.
* If a plugged-in appliance does fall into water, don't reach in to
get it out. Unplug it first by pulling on the cord, not the plug. If
the outlet has a GFCI, it will automatically disconnect the circuit in
case of an accident like this.
* If your home has a fuse box or circuit breaker, learn how to
replace a blown fuse and reset a tripped breaker. Always keep a
supply of extra fuses handy. Never use a penny to override a
blown fuse. It can cause serious electrical damage.
* Check your appliances and power tools for the UL
(Underwriters' Laboratories) seal, signifying that they've been
tested for safety. Be sure to repair or replace any tools that are
* Don't overload any outlet or circuit in your home.
* Make sure you unplug the toaster before you pry out the toast.
* Keep all electrical cords in good condition. Don't run them
under rugs or furniture and never staple or nail them in place.
* Remind children not to put anything into an electrical outlet.
Use plastic outlet caps if there are young ones at home.
* If your basement floods, don't enter unless you are sure the
water isn't in contact with a source of electricity. Call a qualified
electrician to disconnect the power before you enter a flooded
* Install ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) in bathroom
outlets and other areas where water and electricity might meet.