- Have a professional electrician check for faulty wiring,
especially if you're moving into an older home. Be certain
your wiring is professional and can handle today's
sophisticated electircal needs.
- Never use an electric appliance for anything other than
its intended use. Hair dryers are not meant to dry
clothing, and ovens are not intended to heat your home.
- Unplug all counter-top appliances when not in use, including toasters,
space heaters, coffee makers, and irons. When plugged into an
electrical outlet all appliances still have dangerous electrical
voltages inside of them - even when they're turned off.
- Keep appliances and their cords away from water. If an apliance falls
into the water, don't retrieve it until you've unplugged
the appliance. Don't use the product again until your've
had it inspected and repaired by a qualified technician. Water
conducts electricity, so water-damaged products can give you
a lethal electric shock.
- Replace light bulbs with bulbs of equal or lower wattage than that
recommended by the manufacturer. Using bulbs of higher than
recommended watage can cause the lamp or fixture to overheat and
start a fire.