15 Electrical Safety Tips For National Electrical Safety Month

We rely on electricity for literally everything in our lives. If we are not charging our phones, we are plugging in the coffee maker, charging our laptops, or plugging in lights. One important thing that we may not think about is electrical safety. Since spring is here, and in conjunction with National Electrical Safety Month, we came up with 15 electrical safety tips that will help you avoid potential electrical hazards.

Did you know that…

According to Electrical Safety Foundation International, electrocutions were the majority causes of electrical fatalities, with electrical burns in close seconds.

Extension Cord


Check ALL your electrical cords, cables, and extension cords for frays, cracks, and any other signs of damage. Replace ALL cords that have signs of damage!

Circuit Breaker


Never overload your circuit breakers outlets or circuit panels.

GFCI Outlet


Always connect countertop appliances to GFCI receptacles.

Smoke Alarm


Test your smoke detectors to make sure they are working properly.

Extension Cord


Extension cords are for temporary use ONLY. They should never be used to replace electrical wiring.



Never use light bulbs that exceed the recommended wattage for any light fixture

Surge Protector


Check all power strips and surge protectors and make sure there is zero risk of a circuit overload.



Unplug power tools and appliances when they’re not in use.



Water and electricity have NEVER mixed. Don’t start mixing them today!

GFCI Outlet


Make sure outdoor patios and pool areas are equipped with ground fault circuit interrupter outlets.

Power Tool


Use power tools with gloves and other personal protective gear.

Old Appliances


Replace ANY damaged electrical equipment.

HVAC Filter


Make sure to replace the filters in your HVAC system.

Test GFCIs


Test your GFCI outlets to make sure they are working properly.



Make sure your electrical system is working properly. Contact a licensed electrical contractor if you have flickering lights, malfunctioning outlets, or need wiring upgrades.

If you make sure to follow these safety tips, you can eliminate the possibilities of an injury or even worse, death. Together we can prevent the thousands of accidents that happen as a result of electrical fires annually. Join us as we celebrate another month of electrical safety!

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Shakir Williams
Shakir Williams

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