Electrical hazards can cause burns, shocks and electrocution. Here are some resources on electrical safety you might find helpful.
Downed Power Lines
What to Do If You See a Downed Power Line
Never, ever touch a downed power line or go near one. Power lines are not insulated like power cords. Always assume the power line is live. Read more
Electrical Safety – Basic Information
Utility Shut-Off: Electricity
Electrical sparks have the potential of igniting natural gas if it is leaking. It is wise to teach all responsible household members where and how to shut off the electricity.
Locate you electrical circuit box. For your safety, always shut off all the individual circuits before shutting off the main circuit. Read more
There are handouts about electrical fire safety available on the FEMA website.
Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Electrical Safety
Each year, thousands of people in the United States are critically injured and electrocuted as a result of electrical fires, accidents, electrocution in their own homes.
The current economic downturn has inspired more homeowners to tackle do-it-yourself projects than ever before. Faced with declining home values and aging properties, homeowners may choose not to pay for the services of a licensed electrician.
However, most do not have the training or experience needed to safely perform home electrical work, increasing the risk of immediate injuries and electrocutions and potentially introducing new dangers into the home. Read more
How to Work with Electricity Safely
If you don’t know how to work with electricity safely, you can injure or kill yourself. Following basic electrical safety tips is crucial — after all, you never know who worked on the wiring before you. Read more
Electrical & Lighting How to’s
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Never use a generator indoors or in an attached garage.
A portable generator is an internal combustion engine that exhausts a deadly gas called carbon monoxide or CO. CO is odorless and colorless, and you can be overcome if the generator is indoors.
Be sure to place the generator outside where exhaust fumes will not enter into enclosed spaces. Only operate a generator outdoors in a well-ventilated, dry area, away from air intakes to the home. The generator should be protected from direct exposure to rain and snow. Read more
Electric Vehicle Safety Training
NFPA’s Electric Vehicle Safety Training project is a nationwide program to help firefighters and other emergency responders prepare for the growing number of electric vehicles on the road in the United States. See NFPA’s online resources including research, articles, newsletters, interim guidance, and videos.
NFPA is collecting safety information from hybrid and electric vehicle manufacturers. To access these documents, visit our manufacturer web pages, click here…
Electrical Safety for Children
Using Electricity the Right Way, What Your Children Should Know
Teach your children these 10 rules for electric safety, click here…
Switched On Kids is a site that teaches children about electricity safety.
Tamper Resistant Receptacles (TRRs): Prevent Shocks and Burns
Each year, approximately 2,400 children suffer severe shock and burns when they stick items into the slots of electrical receptacles – that is nearly seven children a day. It is estimated that there are six to 12 fatalities a year related to this. Nearly one-third of these injuries are the result of small children placing ordinary household objects, such as keys, pins, or paper clips into the outlets with disastrous consequences. Read more
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