Home Electric Safety: Electricity & Water Don’t Mix

Tips to keep in mind when electricity is involved


Where’s the most likely place in or around your home for water to come into contact with electricity?  If your answered the kitchen, bathroom and outdoors, you’re right. Water conducts electricity and even a small mistake could create a deadly situation. Here are some important tips to keep in mind where electricity is involved.

Plug In Safely. Make sure your home has ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) plugs in bathroom, kitchen and all outdoor plugs. GFCIs monitor the flow of electricity and turn off power automatically if there is an imbalance. If you don’t have GFCIs, hire a certified electrician to do the installation.  Have your wiring inspected as needed.

Safely Power Appliances. Do not use electrical appliances like radios, heaters, blow dryers, etc. near showers, sinks and swimming pools. 

Safely Enjoy the Outdoors. When using outdoor appliances, equipment and tools, keep extension cords away from pools and hot tubs and do not operate electric devices in the rain. Host a safe backyard party by stringing party lights away from swimming pools or spas. When cleaning your pool, make sure to keep the poles away from powerlines, and be sure sprinklers and water guns spray away from electrical and overhead lines.

Stay on Dry Land: Never operate circuit breakers while standing in water. This is particularly important when preparing for, or recovering from, a flood.

Plan for Curiosity. Keep electrical items out of reach from children, particularly around bathtubs and pools. Teach children that electricity and water don’t mix.

Stay safe around water and electricity and make sure your electric system is up to date