Safety Indoors

Protect yourself, your home and the things you value most.

Using Plugs, Outlets and Appliances

Low voltage does not mean low hazard. We use simple voltage (120 or 240-volt) every day in our homes. For safe use of these appliances, remember:

  • Plugs only. Never put anything except a plug into a power outlet
  • Keep tools away from water. Think hairdryers, flat irons, etc. Don’t use them with wet hands or feet and keep them away from tubs or sinks
  • Turn off any appliance if it stutters or gives you even the slightest shock
  • Pull by the plug (not the cord), and unplug devices not in use
hand holding a plug

Preventing Electric Shock and Fire

Misusing common home appliances can potentially cause injury and electrical fires.

  • Keep space heaters at least three feet away from any materials that could catch fire, such as bedding, clothing, drapes, furniture and rugs 
  • Check light bulb wattage to make sure it's right for the fixture
  • Don’t overload outlets or extension cords. Avoid stringing multiple cords together or running them through areas where they may get damaged

Always keep a charged fire extinguisher (Class “C” or ABC) in your home to put out any electrical fire.

fire extinguisher

Charging Electric Vehicles

With more electric vehicles (EV) at home and on the road, make sure you're using the right charging equipment. 

  • Charging at home? Old home wiring may not be right for your EV. Have an electrician install a dedicated circuit or charging station, and make sure the outlet is covered to keep water out
  • Using a public charging station? Do a quick inspection before you plug in. Never use a charger if it's off its base or appears damaged

Remember to preserve your battery. Most EVs prevent overcharging but maxing out your charge to 100% can damage your battery life. Explore more charging safety tips »

electric vehicle charging station