Electric Safety at Home
Stay safe indoor and outdoors with our safety tips.
Electricity is a big part of our lives. Follow these helpful tips to stay safe around electricity indoors.
- Allow only qualified individuals to repair, maintain or operate electrical equipment.
- Stay away from water when using electrical equipment.
- Do not touch electric appliances with wet hands or a metal object.
- Keep electrical cords away from heat sources, pedestrian traffic, and do not place them under rugs or mats where damage can go unnoticed.
- Don’t try to repair worn or frayed electrical cords: replace them instead.
- Unplug appliances before washing, making repairs, or when not in use.
- If an appliance starts smoking or sparking, or if you feel a tingle or light shock when it’s on, stop using it. Discard, repair or replace the device.
- Don’t pull or yank on a cord to unplug an appliance: grasp the plug instead.
- Do not overload outlets with too many appliances or lamps.
- Keep electric heaters a safe distance from furniture, blankets, draperies, and other objects that could catch fire.
- Nunca cuelgue la ropa a secar en o cerca de su calentador.
Electrical hazards are not only indoors, but can also occur outside. Follow these tips for outdoor safety to help prevent common outdoor hazards.
- Stay away from overhead electricity lines.
- If you see downed electric lines or other electric emergencies, call us at 800-611-7343.
- Never touch a downed electric line: this could cause serious injury or death.
- Never remove anything caught in electric lines — not even an animal. Call SDG&E immediately at 800-611-7343.
- Fallen electric lines are extremely dangerous. Report any downed lines immediately to 800-611-7343.