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Electrical Safety Checklist

House Graphic1 | BATHROOM

  • All electrical appliances are used away from the sink, tub, toilet and/or shower.
  • All appliance cords are unplugged when not in use.
  • All appliances are plugged into GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter)-protected outlets, and GFCIs have been tested monthly.All unused outlets have safety caps installed, especially when children are in the home.
  • All lighting in your shower area is vapor-tight.

2 | KITCHEN

  • Back of refrigerator has room for air circulation and its coils are free of dirt and buildup.
  • All electrical appliances are placed and used away from the sink.
  • All appliances are plugged into GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter)-protected outlets, and GFCIs have been tested monthly.
  • All electrical cords are not cracked, frayed or damaged in any way.
  • Appliance cords are not hanging from tables or counters and are unplugged when not in use.

3 | BASEMENT

  • Circuit breaker box is labeled with the last electrical inspection, correct amperage and which rooms, outlets and circuits they service.
  • Standard circuit breakers have been inspected, and you’ve considered talking with your licensed electrician about replacing with Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCIs).
  • Washer and dryer do not wobble excessively while running, have room for air circulation, and dryer lint is removed after each use.
  • Furnace has been inspected, cleaned and has proper ventilation outside the house.
  • Temperature on the water heater is set to 120° or less.

4 | FAMILY ROOM

  • All unused outlets have safety caps installed, especially when children are in the home.
  • All light switch and outlet covers are not cracked or broken.
  • All electrical equipment (lamps, electronics, etc.) are being used without the use of
  • extension cords.
  • All power outlets, power strips and surge protectors are not overloaded.
  • All electronics have room for air circulation.

5 | BEDROOM

  • All smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are in working order, and are placed outside all sleeping areas and on every level of the house.
  • All light fixtures throughout the home are using bulbs not exceeding the fixture’s maximum wattage.
  • No electrical cords are resting under rugs or furniture.
  • Electronic devices such as phone chargers are unplugged when not in use.
  • Window unit air conditioners are plugged in on their own dedicated circuit.

6 | GARAGE

  • All electrical cords are not cracked, frayed or damaged in any way – and are never used on a permanent basis.
  • Appliance cords are unplugged when not in use.
  • All appliances are plugged into GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) -protected outlets,and GFCIs have been tested monthly.
  • Any garage-stored appliances, like refrigerators and freezers, have dedicated 20 amp appliance circuits.
  • All storage boxes are placed away from wiring and plugs.
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