Electrical Safety Checklist
Nearly half of all home fires occur during winter months. Take a few minutes to identify and correct any potential electrical hazards to ensure the safety of your home.
Switches and Outlets
- Are any switches or outlets warm to the touch?
Warm switches or outlets indicate an unsafe wiring condition.
- Are any outlets or switches discolored?
Discoloration indicates dangerous heat buildup at these connections.
- Do plugs fit snugly into outlets?
Loose-fitting plugs can cause overheating and fires.
- Are any cords cracked, frayed or damaged?
Damaged cords can expose wires, causing shock or fire hazard.
- Are any cords pinched by furniture or windows, or attached to anything with staples or nails?
Pinching and/or stapling cords can damage the insulation, causing shock or fire hazard.
- Do you use extension cords on a permanent basis?
Extension cords should only be used temporarily.
- Do you have recurring tripped circuit breakers or blown fuses?
If yes, this could indicate you’re exceeding a safe level of electrical current.
- Do you have arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs)?
AFCIs provide greater fire protection. Check your circuit breakers for the AFCI label.
Please note this is not a comprehensive safety checklist. Visit the Electrical Safety Foundation International website for more information.