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May 11, 2018
For Release: Immediately
May is National Electric Safety Month  

The month of May is designated as National Electric Safety Month, and Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. reminds its customers to learn how to stay safe around electricity. Electricity is used by nearly everyone every day, so it is important to know how to be safe around this widely used energy source.

"We all depend on the benefits offered by electricity," said Charles A. Freni, Senior Vice President of Customer Services and Transmission & Distribution Operations. "Lighting, heating, household appliances, electronics and even telecommunications all use electricity. We're reminded, though, that electricity is energy, and should not be taken for granted. Inattentiveness and mistakes can cause property damage, injury or even death. That is why it's so important to take proper precautions, and to teach electric safety to our children and families."

Electrical overloads can cause fires and electrical shock. According to Electric Safety Foundation International, 47,000 home fires in the United States are caused by electrical malfunctions each year. Follow these steps to avoid overloading electric systems and lower the risk of fires:

  • Never use extension cords or multi-outlet converters for appliances.
  • A heavy reliance on extension cords is an indication that there are too few outlets to meet the electrical needs. Have a qualified electrician perform an inspection and add new outlets.
  • All major appliances should be plugged direction into a wall receptacle outlet. Only plug one heat-producing appliance into a receptacle outlet at a time.
  • Power strips only add additional outlets; they do not change the amount of power being received from the outlet, so the receptacle may become overloaded.

 

Other safety tips include:

  • Never mixing electricity and water, and keeping devices such as hair dryers and radios away from filled tubs, sinks, swimming pools and other sources of water;
  • Never running extension cords or wiring under carpets and rugs, and using properly rated extension cords for the devices being used;
  • Installing Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) outlets located near sources of water such as in the kitchen, bathrooms, laundry areas and outdoors, and using tamper-proof outlets to keep young children safe;
  • Having licensed professionals perform electrical work on homes and businesses, and having older wiring inspected for worn insulation or overloading;
  • Knowing where wiring is located behind walls before installing wall hangers or performing remodeling, and shutting off circuit breakers before beginning work;
  • Calling 811 before digging or excavating to identify the location of underground utilities, including electrical lines, to avoid potential injury and interruption of electric service; and
  • Keeping at least 30 feet away from downed power lines, and assuming all lines are live.

 

For more on National Electric Safety Month, visit the Electric Safety Foundation International website at www.ESFI.org/program/national-electrical-safety-month-314, or the Safety section of Central Hudson's website at www.CentralHudson.com/Safety.

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Using electricity safely reduces the risk for injury and fire. Know the warning signs for overloaded circuits: