BERLIN, CT – With many people spending more time at home than ever before during the COVID-19 pandemic, Eversource is recognizing National Electrical Safety Month by sharing tips for identifying potential electrical hazards around the house. From regularly inspecting wires and extension cords for signs of wear to using a smart power strip with surge protection, there are many steps homeowners and renters can take to enhance the safety and energy efficiency of their living space.
- Avoid touching any bare wires, faulty appliances or electrical outlets, and always assume a wire or electrical appliance is energized
- Cover unused wall outlets with plastic safety caps to protect small children and pets, and consider installing tamper resistant receptacles if your outlets do not currently have them to prevent foreign objects, other than electrical plugs, from being inserted into the outlet
- Avoid prolonged use of extension cords and never overload outlets by using multiple adapters or power strips as this can cause overheating and fire
- Use smart power strips with surge protection to reduce “vampire power” and protect electronics and appliances against surges in electricity
- Utilize arc-fault circuit interrupters to protect against electrical fires from malfunctions
- Install outlets with a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) in rooms where water and moisture are present, such as in a kitchen or bathroom