Electrical Safety

Electricity runs almost every appliance in your home or workplace, providing power to cook and refrigerate food, to light both inside and outside, and to keep you warm in winter and cool in summer.

Because we use electric power in so many of our everyday tasks, it’s easy to forget that it can pose risks. It’s important to understand how to safely use electricity inside and outside your home or business.


Electrical Safety Indoors

Appliances, Plugs, and Cords

  • Do not use appliances with frayed cords. They can cause electric shock or electrocution.
  • Unplug small appliances when not in use. Overloaded plugs can cause electrical fires.
  • Unplug appliances before cleaning. Never dip appliances into water.
  • Place “child proof” devices on all outlets.
  • Never allow children to play with outlets.
  • Do not run extension cords under throw rugs or carpeting.
  • Buy NRTL (Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory) accredited appliances. These items meet NRTL safety standards and are OSHA-accepted.


Around Water

  • Use Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI) at outlets near water. They prevent electrocution by shutting off the current to a circuit when there is a short.
  • Never use an electrical appliance in a damp or wet area.

 Electrical Safety Outside

Above Ground

  • Do not prune trees growing over or into overhead power lines. MPS offers tree trimming and pruning service to help prevent outages. Call Morristown Power at 423-317-6287 and speak to Chuck Smith.
  • Be cautious when installing equipment such as TV antennas, rain gutters, or satellite dishes on your roof. Make sure the equipment cannot fall into or make contact with nearby overhead power lines.
  • Avoid operating electrical tools during wet weather.

On the Ground

  • Those humming green boxes are pad-mounted transformers. For your protection, avoid making contact with a pad-mounted transformer. Never allow children to play on or near transformers.
  • Downed power lines are very dangerous. Avoid electric shock or electrocution — stay at least 10 feet away from any power line lying on the ground or on top of an object.