Dos & Do not’s


  • Pull the plug itself, not the cord attached to it.
  • Disconnect any appliance that sparks and have it repaired immediately.
  • Always disconnect appliances before cleaning them.
  • Turn off appliances when you leave home.
  • Keep electrical cords away from hot appliances.
  • Keep appliances clean and free of dust, lint and grease.
  • Use moisture resistant cords when outside.
  • Wear rubber soled shoes when operating power tools.
  • Follow manufacturers' instructions when operating electrical devices. All electrical devices should carry an Underwriters Laboratory approval tag.
  • Make sure outdoor electrical outlets are covered with weatherproof covers.
  • Use extension cords only for temporary applications.
  • Use heavy duty cords when using power tools.
  • Keep work areas clean and dry. Sparks can ignite wood scraps, sawdust and solvents.
  • Make sure your power tools are grounded or certified double insulated.
  • When utilizing adapters, make sure to screw in the wire for grounding.
  • Certain outlets for outdoor appliances or tools should have a ground fault interrupter (G.F.I). This type of circuit breaker, installed in an outlet, protects the user from shock.


  • Never turn on an appliance when standing or sitting in water. Shocks can be fatal.
  • Never overload a circuit by plugging in too many appliances.
  • Plug three-way grounded plugs into appropriate outlets. Never tamper with the third prong.
  • Never install cords under rugs where they will become worn by foot traffic.