Brightwood College in McAllen Offers Expert Safety Tips for National Electrical Safety Month

2 years 11 months 2 weeks ago Thursday, May 03 2018 May 3, 2018 May 03, 2018 9:59 AM May 03, 2018 in Community

Brightwood College in McAllen is pleased to join the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) to promote awareness of electrical hazards in an increasingly “plugged-in” society throughout the month of May.  

Electrical safety awareness and education among consumers, families, employees, and communities can make a crucial difference in preventing electrical fires, injuries, and fatalities.  Many electrical-related incidents can be easily avoided simply by understanding some basic electrical safety tips like these provided by the experts at Brightwood College.

Check your extension cords to make sure they are not frayed, and replace cords periodically.

Test your Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI) outlets periodically, and if they are not working, contact a licensed electrical technician to diagnose the problem and provide a solution.

When using plastic outlet covers, make sure you keep these safety tools up-to-date. For children who have found a way to remove these kinds of covers, consider having an electrical technician install Tamper Resistant Receptacles (TRRs) as an alternative safety precaution.

Do not plug appliances into a surge protector. Surge protectors are built to manage smaller items that pull less voltage.

When choosing a power strip, select one that incorporates surge protection.

When using electricity outside, do not plug an extension cord into an indoor outlet to run and use outdoors.

In order to protect your home and your electronic devices, make sure to unplug devices in anticipation of a severe thunderstorm or weather event with lightning. No surge protector can handle the massive amount of current that comes with a lightning strike.

If you would like more information about the Electrical Technician program at Brightwood College, visit https://www.brightwood.edu/diplomas-certificates/electrical-technician/.  For ESFI’s complete collection of National Electrical Safety Month resources and for information on using them in your community, visit www.esfi.org.

For more information about Brightwood College in McAllen, located at 1500 S. Jackson Road, call (956) 630-1499 or visit https://brightwood.edu/mcallen-tx.

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