SDF promotes Electrical Safety. Below is a checklist you can use to make sure you are taking the proper precautions.


  • Are all unused outlets covered with safety plugs?

  • Are all major electrical appliances grounded?

  • Have cord holders been used to keep longer cords fastened against walls?

  • Have you checked for and removed other potential electrical fire hazards, such as overloaded electrical sockets and electrical wires running under carpets?

  • Are televisions, computers, and stereo equipment positioned against walls?

Heating & Cooling Elements

  • Are all radiators and baseboard heaters covered with childproof screens if necessary?

  • Have gas fireplaces been secured with a valve cover or key?

  • Do all working fireplaces have a screen and other barriers in place when in use?

  • Have any chimneys been cleaned recently?

  • Are all electric space heaters at least 3 feet (91 centimeters) from beds, curtains, or anything flammable?

Emergency Equipment & Numbers

  • Have you placed a list of emergency phone numbers near each phone in your home?

  • Are there fire extinguishers installed on every floor and in the kitchen?

  • Do you have an emergency ladder for the upper floors of your home?

  • Are there smoke detectors on each floor of your home?

  • Have smoke detectors been installed in the hallways between all bedrooms of your home?

  • Have you tested all smoke detectors within the last month?

  • Have you changed the batteries in the smoke detectors within the past 6 months?

  • If you cook with or heat your home with natural gas or have an attached garage, have you considered installing a carbon monoxide detector in your home?

On any given day, it's likely that most people use several different electrical appliances. With electric appliances being so common in modern homes, it's easy to forget that there are very real risks and hazards associated with their use. Take the time to brush up on the principles of safe operation - and make sure that everyone in your home is aware of them - in order prevent unnecessary exposure to hazards and safety risks.