Indoor electrical safety reminders

Oil City File

The calendar says winter is about over, but at times it seems like we’re still stuck indoors this time of year. While waiting for warmer weather and outdoor activities, Rocky Mountain Power reminds the public now’s a good time to take inventory of electrical safety practices around the house.

“We sometimes get so comfortable with our surroundings we neglect to see some of the electrical safety hazards that can develop in our homes,” said Mike Felice, Rocky Mountain Power safety director. “Here are a few places to check to make sure everything is as it should be.”

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  • Keep appliances away from water and always make sure your hands are dry when using those appliances.
  • Make sure outlets near water sources have Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) to shut off power in time to prevent serious injury. GFCIs should be used in bathrooms, garages, near kitchen sinks and outdoors. If your outlet has “test” and “reset” buttons (typically red and black in color), it has a GFCI.
  • Repair or replace any appliances that have frayed cords.
  • Childproof outlets throughout the house.
  • Use extension cords wisely. Never exceed the cord’s load rating.
  • Use three-pronged plugs only in three-pronged outlets. Never remove a prong from three-pronged plugs – the third prong grounds electricity and is there for safety.

For more electrical safety information, check out Rocky Mountain Power’s website at www.rockymountainpower.net/safety.