May is Electrical Safety Month

May 1, 2024

This month is an opportunity for our members to reinforce safe electrical practices in their homes and communities. Electricity is a necessity that powers our daily lives, it requires careful and knowledgeable handling to prevent accidents.

To take charge in identifying a safe living environment, here are a few tips to consider:

Examine electrical cords regularly for fraying or cracking, and discard any worn cords.

In areas where water and electricity can mix, use Ground-fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI)outlets—including kitchens, bathrooms, garages, and outdoors—and test the outlet(s)monthly.

Never touch electrical appliances with wet hands or use them near sinks, tubs, toilets, or showers.

Don’t use extension cords or multi-outlet converters for appliances. Plug all major appliances directly into a wall outlet.

If you use a power strip, use it wisely and never overload it.

Use bulbs that align with the fixtures’ recommended wattage.

Cover unused outlets with outlet covers if children are present.

Unplug appliances and chargers when not in use to save energy and reduce risks.

Don’t hide cords under carpets or rugs; this can cause overheating and fire risks.

If you are outside and encounter a downed power line, never go near it or drive over the power line. Stay far away and notify Union Power at 704-289-3145.

This month, let’s prioritize these practices to safeguard our homes and loved ones. Remember, a small effort in electrical safety can prevent significant hazards. Stay safe and power with confidence, Union Power members!