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Safety Tips

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ELECTRICITY

Learn how to use it safely and wisely. It can be a great friend, if you treat it with respect!

Electricity is invisible, silent, odorless and tasteless. It is very powerful and can be our greatest friend or a very dangerous enemy. Electricity is always working to give us light, keep us warm in winter and cool in summer. It runs appliances, machinery, computers and televisions making our life easier and more enjoyable. Please take a minute to read and learn the following tips to help you stay safe around electricity.

AROUND THE HOUSE

•  Have a licensed electrician inspect your home to be sure it is properly grounded. Large appliances should have their own circuit and be grounded with a three-pronged plug.

•  Keep appliances in good condition. Always unplug them by pulling the plug, not the cord, when not in use. Have worn or frayed cords replaced immediately and always have a qualified technician make repairs.

•  Remember that extension cords should be used temporarily.

•  Electricity and water don't mix! Keep appliances away from sinks, bathtubs, pools and wet hands.

•  If power shuts off in your home, check your service panel. If everything appears to be in order and you are still without power, call 978-531-5975. PMLP has 24-hour emergency service.

•  When resetting circuit breakers, don't stand on a damp floor.

•  When replacing a fuse be sure to use a new one of the same rating. Never substitute when replacing a fuse. Using a penny or aluminum foil could cause a fire. If breakers/fuses trip or blow out often, call an electrician.

 

CHILD SAFETY

•  Children's curiosity can lead to danger. Cover outlets with plastic safety plugs.

•  Explain the dangers of electricity beginning at an early age.

•  Teach children to recognize *Danger High Voltage Signs*.

•  Have children fly kites in open areas away from overhead lines. Electricity can travel through the strings of kites and balloons that have come in contact with power lines.

•  Teach children to call an adult if a toy gets into power lines or a fenced in sub station. The adult will call PMLP for help. Never attempt to retrieve it yourself.

•  Never allow children to climb a tree with power lines near or running through it.

 

For more information, call 978-573-1150