Replace or repair loose or frayed cords on all electrical devices.
Avoid running extension cords across doorways or under carpets.
In homes with small children, unused wall sockets and extension-cord receptacles should have plastic safety covers.
Consider having additional circuits or outlets added by a qualified electrician so you do not have to use extension cords.
Follow the manufacturer's instructions for plugging an appliance into a receptacle outlet.
Avoid overloading outlets. Plug only 1 high-wattage appliance into each receptacle outlet at a time.
If outlets or switches feel warm, shut off the circuit and have them checked by an electrician.
When possible, avoid the use of "cube taps" and other devices that allow the connection of multiple appliances into a single receptacle.
Extension cords should be for temporary use only. They are not intended to replace permanent household wiring.
Cords should be discarded if they are cracked or frayed
Cords should be used according to their ratings (indoor or outdoor use) and according to the power needs of the appliance that is being plugged in
Never nail or staple cords or use cords that are coiled or bent.
If the cord is hot to the touch then it should be replaced with a cord that has a higher wattage capacity.
Always unplug the cord by pulling on the plug and not the cord.
Polarized & 3-Prong Plugs
Polarized plugs have 1 blade that is slightly bigger than the other. This design makes sure that plugs are plugged into outlets correctly and also reduces the risk of electric shock. Never shove a polarized plug into a non-polarized outlet or extension cord.
3-prong plugs also help to reduce the risk of electric shock. Never remove the 3rd prong in order to make it fit into a 2 prong outlet or extension cord.
Check the lamp's wattage and use the appropriate watt light bulb.
Make sure that light bulbs are screwed in securely to prevent overheating.
Place lamps on level surfaces, away from things that can burn.
If you smell a faint burning or rubbery smell from a lamp then the wattage level of the light bulb is too high for the lamp and it should be replaced with the appropriate bulb.
Replace all incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs. They save energy as well as illuminate at much cooler temperatures.