Electricity is used all around us – at school, home, and in our communities. It can be hazardous and must be treated with respect. Misuse of electricity can result in electrical fires, burns, serious injuries and death. Preventable is proud to partner with BC Hydro to raise awareness about electrical safety. Read through these tips and download the safety tip poster to help you and your family be safe around electricity.
Before you think only others can be seriously harmed by electricity, please have a word with yourself.
Your home’s electricity and wiring
- Always call a certified electrician to do any wiring in your home.
- If a fuse blows, turn off all appliances and lights that are on the circuit before changing the fuse.
- Replace a fuse with another that has an identical rating.
- Use ground fault circuit interrupters on all outlets located outdoors.
Using electrical devices at home
- Pull the plug, not the cord, when disconnecting an electrical device.
- Never remove a plug when your hands are wet, or if you’re touching a metal object.
- Don’t break off the third prong of a plug or bypass it. It’s there to keep you safe.
- Cords and plugs that show signs of wear or damage need to be replaced. Stop using them immediately.
- Always use extension cords that are properly rated for the amount of electricity you’ll be using. Check the wattage on your appliances and electronics to see how much they’ll use.
- Extension cords are intended for temporary use. If you need a permanent solution, call an electrician.
- Use a certified power bar if you need to plug multiple items into an outlet.
- If you use an electric lawnmower, only cut the grass when it’s dry and never when it’s raining.
- Insist on appliances and tools that have been certified by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) seal or another accredited Standards Council of Canada association.
Child proofing your home
- Unused wall outlets should be secured. Plastic inserts can be used but they can be pulled off and stuck in the mouth. Consider using safety outlets that prevent foreign objects from being inserted. You can also block outlets with the creative arrangement of furniture.
- Put electrical devices such as DVD players on a shelf out of reach, or behind a barrier.
- Store bathroom and kitchen electrical appliances – like hair dryers and toasters – out of reach of curious children.
BC Hydro equipment near your home
- If you need to prune or remove a tree near a power line or a ground-level transformer box, call BC Hydro first at 1-800-224-9376. Learn more about planting and pruning near electrical equipment.
- When using a ladder, keep it away from overhead power lines. Only use ladders on stable surfaces, and have someone hold the ladder to keep it stable when you use it.
- Hitting an underground power line or cable could be deadly. Always call before you dig. Call BC One Call at 1-800-474-6886 before digging in your yard.
To learn more visit bchydro.com/besafe