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There are numerous electrical hazards out there, even in the comfort of your very own home. These can include broken electrical cords, appliances on or near the sink, outlets with a high number of connections and much, much more.

Remember these tips to avoid getting hurt by electricity while at home.

  • Do not use an electric appliance around the bathtub, shower, sink or any other wet surface.
  • Never touch an electrical cord or appliance with wet hands.
  • Remember to avoid using too many plugs in your electrical outlets.
  • Metal objects should never be inserted into appliances or outlets.
  • Get rid of damaged or torn electrical cords.
  • Pull a plug by its head — not the cord.

Under IID Energy’s Regulations Governing Sale and Use of Electric Energy, Regulation number six [PDF], it is the customers’ responsibility to protect and safely operate all appliances and equipment in the home or business. 

To Protect Your Electrical Equipment and Appliances, IID Energy Recommends...

  • Use a surge protector - a variety of low-cost surge protectors [PDF] are available to help protect your electrical equipment and appliances
  • Have a qualified electrician inspect your home or business for proper wiring and grounding
  • Install protective devices, such as voltage spike protectors on computers, televisions, video recorders, microwave ovens and other sensitive electrical equipment
  • Ask your appliance dealer for assistance in choosing the proper surge protectors and built-in surge protector devices - check the manufacturer’s warranty
  • Make sure your air conditioner has built-in protection
  • Turn off air conditioners and unplug refrigerators, televisions, and other sensitive equipment during thunderstorms
  • Avoid using extension cords and be careful not to overload circuits