Keeping safe on the job, at play, or in your home is the most important thing. Yet, year after year, there continue to be electrically-related injuries and deaths.
Since there is no national health and safety database in Canada, as the provinces keep separate databases, here are some related electrical safety stats from the US.
The first thing you should do, in case you don’t get rid of them right away, is label them as damaged or do not use. Next, you should get rid of them as soon as possible.
You should never run power cords under furniture or rugs. As well, if there is an area or path that has a lot of foot traffic, either tape the cords down or remove them completely. Electrical cords can heat up without proper ventilation, which can cause a fire.
No, you should never nail or tack an electrical cord to any surface
If you experience appliances that are consistently blowing fuses or circuit breakers, you should unplug them immediately and either replace them or have them fixed by a professional.