As important as energy efficiency is, when it comes to using energy wisely, safety is the most important consideration of all. Each year, electrical-related incidents result in more than 41,000 residential fires, claim about 370 lives and cause over 1400 injuries. These incidents also cause more than $680 million in property damage annually.
Progress Energy offers important safety tips to help keep your family and home safe from electrical accidents caused by bad weather or unsafe conditions around your house.
For example, when it comes to indoor safety, here are a few important tips to keep in mind:
- Never put your finger or anything other than an electrical plug in an outlet. Don’t touch the metal part of the plug when plugging something in an outlet.
- Limit the number of appliances plugged into each outlet. Overloading an outlet can cause a fire.
- Remember to unplug small electrical appliances and toys when you’re not using them.
It’s equally as important to be aware of safety hazards outside of your home. Always keep an eye out for power lines and keep these tips in mind:
- Distribution wires are “live” – full of electrical power that can hurt you. Never shoot or throw anything at wires, insulators or pole transformers.
- Stay away from lightning. When there is lightning outdoors, get inside a building or car if possible. Keep away from windows and open doors.
- Electricity and water don’t mix. Keep electrical appliances and toys away from water, including rain, wet ground, swimming pools, sprinklers and hoses.
For more information on ways to stay safe and avoid risky situations with energy, visit Progress Energy’s Safety Tips.