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.

For more safety information, check out our safety page.