Recognizing May as National Electrical Safety Month

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A plug for safety …  May is National Electrical Safety Month and GRDA is passing along some important tips that can help you stay safe.

A plug for safety … May is National Electrical Safety Month and GRDA is passing along some important tips that can help you stay safe.

May is recognized as National Electrical Safety Month by the Electric Safety Foundation International (ESFI) and once again, the Grand River Dam Authority is proud to join with ESFI in passing along some important electric safety tips. This week, we’re looking at our homes, the dangers of overloaded circuits and the way we can avoid this potentially deadly problem.

According to ESFI, here are some warning signs of overloaded circuits:

  • Flickering, blinking or dimming lights
  • Warm or discolored wall plates
  • Burning odor coming  from receptacles or wall switches
  • Frequently tripped circuit breakers or blown fuses
  • Crackling, sizzling or buzzing from receptacles
  • Mild shock or tingle from appliances, receptacles or switches

Here are a few ways you can prevent electrical overloads in your home:

  • Never use extension cords or multi-outlet converters for appliances
  • All major appliances should be plugged directly into wall receptacle outlets. Only plug one heat-producing appliance into a receptacle outlet at a time.
  • A heavy reliance on extension cords is a good indicator that you have too few outlets to address your needs. Have a qualified electrician inspect your home and add new outlets.
  • Only use the appropriate watt bulb for any lighting fixture. Using a larger watt bulb may cause a fire.
  • Finally, remember: power strips only add additional outlets; they do not change the amount of power being received from the outlet.

For more electric safety tips, visit www.esfi.org and check out next week’s column.

Headquartered in Vinita, GRDA is Oklahoma’s state-owned electric utility; fully funded by revenues from electric and water sales instead of taxes. Each day, GRDA strives to be an “Oklahoma agency of excellence” by focusing on the 5 E’s: electricity, economic development, environmental stewardship, employees and efficiency.