Home And Dorm Room Electrical Safety | Cleveland

Back to School Electrical Safety

Back to School Electrical Safety

With laptops, phones and other devices becoming essential back to school accessories, it’s important that students and parents understand how to safely use electrical devices to reduce to risk of accidental electrocution, fires and other hazards, whether at home, school or the dorm room.

Many electrocutions and home fires can be prevented by better understanding how safety devices work and the correct usage of outlets and chargers. We have put together the following tips to keep your family safe.

Home and Dorm Room Electrical Safety

  1. Do not overload outlets.
  2. Unplug appliances when not in use. This saves energy and reduces the risk of shock and fire.
  3. Inspect electrical cords and extension cords for damage. Replace damaged cords.
  4. Extension cords should only be used temporarily. Extra outlets should be installed where needed.
  5. Never plug a space heater or fan into an extension cord or power strip.
  6. Never run cords under carpet or rugs, doors.
  7. Ensure cords are not a tripping hazard.
  8. Make sure you use proper wattage for lamps and lighting.
  9. Ensure rooms have working smoke alarms. Test them monthly, replace the batteries annually, and replace smoke detectors after 10 years.
  10. Do not charge e-bikes, scooters and other lithium-powered devices overnight or while away from home. Unplug them as soon as they are fully charged.
  11. Ensure GFCI outlets are used where required and test them monthly.

At School

  1. Teach children not to play on or around utility poles or power lines.
  2. Keep children away from green box transformers or other electrical equipment.
  3. Instruct young children that only teachers are allowed to use electrical outlets.

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