Make it a habit to unplug small appliances
like fans, coffee pots and heaters when they are not in use.
Use only modern appliances that have labels displaying the
Underwriters Laboratory (UL) or Factory Mutual (FM) safety
Never place electrical equipment near combustible items
like boxes or waste baskets. Leave ample clearance from walls
and furniture when appliances are in use.
Storage of boxes or any combustible material in hallways
is particularly dangerous. Corridors must be smoke free to
provide a safe path of exit during a fire. Do not let papers
accumulate more than one layer deep on hallway bulletin boards.
Halogen light bulbs can reach temperatures of 1200 degrees
Fahrenheit. Never place torchiere or other lamps that use
these bulbs near walls, window coverings or any combustible
item. Remember to turn lights off when leaving the office.
Replace frayed or damaged electrical cords. A hot cord or
plug is a sign of trouble. Only allow a qualified technician
to service electrical equipment.
Do not use extension cords for extended periods of time
to substitute for permanent electrical wiring.