Here are some things to keep in mind to improve electrical safety in your home

GFCI Outlets:

GFCI (ground-fault circuit interrupter) outlets help protect you from electrical shock in wet locations. When a leak is sensed, it assumes a ground fault and stops power flow fast enough to prevent serious injury. GFCI outlets are required next to the sink in bathrooms and within 1.5m from the sink in kitchens. GFCIs should be tested every month by first pressing the TEST button, then the RESET button. The indicator light should go out and come back on; if it does not the GFCI needs to be replaced.

Extension Cords:

Extension cords are meant for temporary use only; not for permanent wiring. When using extension cords, make sure that they are in good condition and not overloaded. Do not attach heaters to extension cords.

Space Heaters:

Space heaters should be kept at least one meter from any combustible materials and should be operated at low or medium heat only. Do not attach to extension cords; plug directly into an outlet.

Tamper Resistant Outlets:

Tamper-resistant outlets have spring-loaded shutters that require both slots in the receptacle to be pressed at the same time, as when inserting a plug, in order for an electrical circuit to be made. If a child attempts to stick something into one slot, it will provide strong resistance, helping to prevent a child from being shocked. Tamper resistant outlets are a much safer option than plug covers.

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