HERE ARE SOME TIPS TO BE SAFE AROUND ELECTRICITY. THESE ARE GENERAL AND BY NO MEANS IS THIS LIST COMPLETE.
1. Use common sense. If you do not feel safe or comfortable doing something involving electricity, do not do it. Ask advise from someone who has knowledge.
2. Only use electrical devices which are in good working order, meaning no broken or missing parts.
3. Always read, understand, and follow instructions that came with electrical devices before and during use or operation.
4. Lamps and fixtures have maximum bulb wattage rating. Never exceed this rating or fire may result.
5. If you hear arcing or there is a burning odor, turn off electrical devices. Seek the advise or service of a professional.
6. Do not touch or approach a downed power line. If there is water in the area, stay away from it. Contact emergency services.
7. Do not overload circuits by using too many devices or multiple high power devices.
8. Upgrade receptacles to GFCI type if there is possibility of water being in the area such as kitchens and bathrooms to get extra protection.
HERE IS A LIST OF COMMON ELECTRICAL SAFETY DEVICES AND THEIR FUNCTION.
Circuit Breaker or Fuse: Prevents overloading of circuits which in turn prevents fires.
Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI): Monitors incoming and outgoing current and shuts off the circuit if it senses difference. Used to prevent electrical shock.
Safety or Disconnect Switch: Allows a circuit to be de-energized and safely worked on.
Surge Protector: Protects sensitive and electronic equipment form energy fluctuations.
Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter (AFCI): Monitors a circuit for arcing and when detected shuts off circuit to prevent fire.
Smoke Detector: Monitors for smoke and generates audible alarm to alert persons in area of possible fire.