More than 700 people die in the U.S. each year in residential
electrical fires, and there are an estimated 550 electrocution
deaths nationwide. According to the Electrical Safety Foundation
International (ESFI), many of these accidents could have been
prevented by taking a few electrical safety precautions.
Remember the four R's of
- RESPECT the power of electricity.
- REPLACE worn or frayed electrical
- READ and follow the operating
instructions, which come with every electrical product.
- RELOCATE appliance cords so that people
don't walk on them and children can't pull on them.
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- avoid overloading outlets with too many appliances or
plugs. Check for outlets with loose-fitting plugs, which can
overheat and lead to fire. Replace missing or broken wall
plates, and make sure safety covers are on all unused
outlets accessible to children.
- Plugs - while they should fit securely, plugs should
never be forced into an outlet.
- Cords - make sure cords do not overheat, and examine
them for signs of wear and tear. Make sure they are not
cracked or frayed. Do not put cords underneath carpet
or rugs. Do not allow pets to chew on or children to
play with cords.
- Extension cords - make sure cords do not overheat and do
not overload them.
- Appliances - keep electrical appliances away from damp
and hot surfaces. If an appliance repeatedly blows a fuse or
trips a circuit breaker-or if it has emitted sparks, unplug
it and have it inspected for repairs or replacements by a
licensed maintenance professional.
- Electrical equipment - make sure you check for cracks or
damage in wiring, plugs and connectors. Use of a high
quality surge protector may help protect your electronic
- Light bulbs - for all lightening fixtures, follow
recommended wattage usage, do not exceed the rated amount.
Make sure bulbs are screwed in securely; loose bulbs may
- Fuses and circuit breakers - use the correct current
rating for the circuit, and always replace a fuse with the
correct-size fuse. If you are unsure of the rating or
have additional questions, contact an qualified electrician.
- Ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI's) - offer
greater personal protection where water and electricity are
in the same proximity. Use them in any area where
water and electricity could come into contact. They
constantly monitor electricity flowing in the circuit to
detect a change of current. Test all GFCI's regularly.
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- Electricity flows easily through water: Stay safe in the
bathroom, kitchen, and outdoors by keeping electricity and
water far apart. It can be a matter of life or death.
- Electricity can flow through you more easily if you are
standing in water or on a damp floor. Never use electrical
appliances in wet conditions.
- Power is still present even when an appliance is off. If
an appliance falls in water, shut-off the fuse before you
unplug it or remove it from the water - do not grab it.
- Do not immerse appliances in water to clean them. Unplug
portable appliances before cleaning with a damp cloth.
- Don't touch faucets or stand on a damp floor while using
an appliance or electrical switch.
- Keep appliances away from sinks or tubs where they can
accidentally fall in. Cords should never trail in water.
- Water and electricity are necessary in running our
household. Make the best of both by keeping them apart.
- Teach children how to be safe around electricity.
For additions or repairs to your property
such as building additions, remodeling or upgrading of your
electric service, or installing customer-owned generation,
always ensure that you use qualified licensed contractors
and have obtained
In addition, make sure you are aware of all interconnection
requirements of any
customer-owned generation in the City of Mesa's Electric
Check out the website for the Electrical Safety Foundation
International (ESFI) at
www.esfi.org for additional information on home and work
Energy Resources Department
Address: PO Box 1466
Mesa, AZ 85211
Monday - Thursday
7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Gas Odors or Emergencies:
480-644-4277 (GASS) or 911
(24 hours/7 days)
480-644-2266 or 911
(24 hours/7 days)
Report Utility Theft
Frank McRae, Department