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05/02/2006 ~ Did you know that thousands are killed or injured each year in preventable electrical fires? Or that thousands more are injured through inadvertent contact with electrical current? May is National Electrical Safety Month and Keys Energy Services (KEYS) and the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) are reminding customers that now is a great time to conduct a seasonal check of their electric systems to ensure a safe environment.

As part of an effort to reduce electricity-related accidents, KEYS and FMEA have launched a public education drive to raise awareness about electricity-related accidents. “Electricity is an integral part of our everyday lives, but it must never be taken for granted,” said Lynne Tejeda, KEYS General Manager & CEO. “Through this effort, we hope to educate consumers to always treat electricity responsibly.”

Following is a list of ten tips for summer electrical safety:

1 - Check power cords before each use, making sure they are in proper condition – not cracked or frayed.

2 - Don’t allow tools to get wet unless labeled “Immersible”.

3 - Only use tools and extension cords meant for outdoor use while outside.

4 - Place covers on all outdoor outlets.

5 - Look for overhead power lines before trimming trees.

6 - Check power ratings of outdoor electric equipment.

7 - Unplug power tools after use and store out of children’s reach.

8 - Never use a telephone – even a cordless one – while in the water.

9 - Electrical outlets near water sources like sinks and laundry appliances, as well as all garage and outdoor outlets, should have a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) installed. These are the outlets with the “test” and “reset” buttons.

10 - Test all GFCIs monthly and after every major electrical storm.

For more helpful electrical safety tips, visit the Electrical Safety Foundation
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