Every day we use electricity to provide power to complete a variety of tasks but
guaranteed we don’t stop to think of the safety hazards that may be occurring
while it is in use. We’d like to pass along information to educate and increase awareness about electrical hazards. Together, we can reduce the number of electrically-related deaths and injuries – one home, one school, and one workplace at a time. Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact your local licensed electrician, the Barrington Fire and Rescue Department or the NH State Fire Marshal’s Office.
Flipping a light switch. Plugging in a vacuum. Charging a cell phone. Electricity makes our lives easier. However, we still need to be careful and keep safety in mind when using it.
- Have all electrical work done by a licensed electrician.
- When buying or remodeling a home, have it inspected by a licensed electrician.
- Only plug one heat-producing appliance (coffee maker, toaster, space heater, etc.) into a receptacle outlet at a time.
- Major appliances (refrigerators, dryers, washers, stoves, air conditioners, etc.) should be plugged directly into a wall receptacle outlet. Extension cords and plug strips should NOT be used.
- ARC Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCIs) are a kind of circuit breaker that shuts off electricity when a dangerous situation occurs. Have them installed in your home by a licensed electrician.
- Use Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) to reduce the risk of shock. GFCIs shut off an electrical circuit when it becomes a shock hazard. They should be installed inside the home in bathrooms, kitchens, garages and basements. All outdoor receptacles should be GFCI protected.
- Test AFCIs and GFCIs once a month to make sure they are working properly.
- Check electrical cords to make sure they are not running across doorways or under carpets. Extension cords are intended for temporary use. Have a licensed electrician add more receptacle outlets so you don’t have to use extension cords.
- Use light bulbs that match the recommended wattage on the lamp fixture. There should be a sticker that indicates the maximum wattage light bulb to use.