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Indoor Safety

Make your home a safety zone

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Don't overlook the obvious. Keep safety in mind with common household appliances you use every day.

  • Don't overload circuits by inserting too many plugs into a single outlet
  • Install safety covers on all unused outlets kids can reach, and replace any missing or broken wall plates
  • Make sure all plugs fit securely into outlets; loose-fitting plugs can overheat and lead to fire
  • Avoid overloading outlets with too many appliances
  • Replace any cords or extension cords when they are frayed or cracked
  • Place cords away from traffic areas, but not under carpeting or rugs
  • Use extension cords on a temporary basis; they are not intended as permanent wiring
  • Keep space heaters and halogen floor lamps at least three feet away from combustible materials
  • Turn off space heaters and halogen lamps whenever you leave the room, and don't use them where children are unsupervised
  • Turn pot handles toward the back of the range to prevent children from reaching and pulling down a hot pan
  • Protect electrical outlets with Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs); hire an electrician to install these devices to protect electrical receptacles near water
  • Never use the kitchen range/oven as a space heater
  • Don’t touch a wet appliance, if it is plugged in; first, turn off the power source at the panel board (circuit breaker box) and then unplug the appliance