Has Cold Weather Forced You to Stay Inside? Check for Safety!

Has Cold Weather Forced You to Stay Inside? Check for Safety!

Before you leave home in the morning, you run through a mental checklist: Keys? Check! Lights? Check! Wallet? Check! But most Americans have never thought about running through a checklist that could save them from electrocution or electrical fire: an electrical safety checklist.

The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) has a free, downloadable checklist covering electrical issues that may arise inside your home.

Covering every room from the kitchen to the basement, the checklist guides users through their homes’ electrical systems via a series of questions and suggested action items. Do your lights flicker when you turn on the vacuum cleaner? Engage a licensed electrician to determine if your home has enough electrical circuits. Are you protected from electrocution that can result from electricity interacting with water? Conduct a monthly test of the ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlets in the kitchen and bathroom.

To download ESFI’s Indoor Electrical Safety Checklist, go to www.esfi.org.

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