Safety Checklist

Take an electrical safety tour of your home using this checklist:


  • Check for loose-fitting plugs which can overheat
  • Replace missing or broken wall plates
  • Make sure there are safety covers on unused outlets within a child’s reach


  • Plugs must fit outlets
  • Never remove the third prong
  • Never force a plug into an outlet if it doesn’t fit
  • Plugs should fit securely into outlets


If an appliance repeatedly blows a fuse, trips a circuit breaker, or if it has given you a shock, unplug it and have it repaired or replaced.

Extension Cords

  • Check to see that cords are not overloaded
  • Use on a temporary basis only
  • Make sure extension cords have safety closures to prevent young children from shock hazards and mouth burn injuries


  • Make sure no cords are cracked or frayed
  • Keep out of traffic areas
  • Do not nail or staple to wall, baseboard, or any other object
  • Do not place under carpets or rest furniture on them

Light Bulbs

  • Check the wattage of all bulbs to make sure they are correct for the size of the fixture
  • Replace bulbs that have higher wattage than recommended
  • Make sure bulbs are screwed in securely – loose bulbs can overheat

Circuit Breaker / Fuses

  • Should be the correct size and current rating for their circuit; if you do not know the correct size, have an electrician identify and label the size to be used
  • Always replace a fuse with the same correct size fuse

Entertainment / Computer Equipment

  • Check to see that the equipment is in good condition and working properly
  • Look for cracks or damage in wiring, plugs, and connectors
  • Use surge protector bearing the seal of a nationally recognized certification agency

Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs)

GFCIs can help prevent electrocution. When a GFCI senses current leakage in an electrical circuit, it assumes a ground fault has occurred and interrupts power fast enough to help prevent serious injury from shock. Test GFCIs monthly according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Water & Electricity

  • Don’t leave plugged-in appliances where they might come into contact with water
  • If a plugged-in appliance falls into water, never reach in to pull it out, even if it’s turned off – unplug it first
  • If an appliance has gotten wet, don’t use it until it’s been checked by a qualified repairperson