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SLECA reminds students, teachers and classroom personnel to act safely when using electrical equipment during the school year.

To avoid electric accidents SLECA recommends the following tips for college students and for teachers returning to the classroom:

  • Donít overload outlets. This could cause a fuse to blow or a circuit breaker to open. It could even cause a fire.
  • Donít run extension cords under rugs or rest furniture on them. Extension cords are meant to be used sparingly, not on a permanent basis. Make sure extension cords are properly rated.
  • Using surge suppressors will offer protection from fluctuating voltage.
  • Keep electrical appliances such as hair dryers, irons and their cords away from water.
  • When using a halogen lamp, make sure that curtains and other items are not too close. Some items can actually catch on fire because of the hot temperatures from a halogen lamp.
  • Make sure that all wiring, cords and cables are away from traffic areas to prevent people from tripping and falling.
  • Use equipment in accordance with the manufacturerís recommendations. Never bypass electrical interlocks or disable safety features.
  • Have any defective or damaged wiring replaced or repaired before use.
  • To prevent overheating, itís essential to leave enough space around electrical equipment and appliances, including computers, printers and other equipment.