OUTLETS & PLUGS
- Check for outlets that have loose fitting plugs, which can overheat and lead to fire.
- Never remove the ground pin (third prong) to make a three prong plug fit into a two-prong outlet.
- Never force a plug into an outlet if it doesn’t fit;
- Avoid overloading outlets with too many appliances
- Make sure there are safety covers on all unused outlets that are accessible to children.
- Make sure that cords aren’t frayed or cracked.
- Cords should never be nailed or stapled to the wall, baseboard, or to another object.
- Don’t place cords in high traffic areas or under carpets or beneath rugs or furniture.
- Check the wattage of all light bulbs in light fixtures to make sure that they are the correct wattage for the size of the fixture.
- Replace bulbs that have higher wattage than recommended.
- Make sure light bulbs are screwed in securely- loose bulbs can overheat.
CIRCUIT BREAKERS & FUSES
- Circuit breakers and fuses should be the correct size current rating for their circuit.
- Always replace a fuse with the same size fuse.
- Create a circuit map that clearly identifies all outlets, fixtures, and major appliances each circuit serves.
- If an appliance repeatedly blows a fuse, trips a circuit breaker, or if it has given you a shock, unplug it and have it repaired or replaced.
- Check to see that the equipment is in good condition and is working properly.
- Look for cracks or damage to wires, plugs, and connectors.
- Use a surge protector bearing the seal of a nationally recognized certification agency.
- Make sure entertainment centers and computer equipment have plenty of space around them for ventilation.