Play safe inside

  1. Outlets are for electrical plugs. Never put your finger or anything else that doesn’t belong in an outlet.
  2. Never - ever - put a knife, fork, spoon or fingers in the toaster. It could result in a fatal shock.
  3. Make sure all electric cords are in good condition. Have your mom or dad replace frayed or cracked ones.
  4. It is okay to use an extension cord or power strip, but never overload an outlet with too many plug-ins.
  5. Use hair dryers and other electrical appliances away from water. Don’t leave plugged-in appliances where they could fall into water.
  6. When unplugging an appliance, pull using the rubber plug and not by the cord itself. This helps ensure the cord will not become weakened, frayed or cracked.
GFCI outlet

Fact finder

Why does that “reset” button on a ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI) outlet pop out?

The “reset” button on a GFCI outlet, which constantly monitors electricity flowing in a circuit, is a safety device that pops out when it senses there is a loss in the current.

When it pops out, it switches off the power to that circuit (like when a breaker is flipped or a fuse is blown) to prevent the flow of electricity, which, in turn, prevents potential damage to the wiring, a fire and/or a severe or fatal shock.

Safety tip

Have your parents make sure there are ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs that are three-pronged outlets with "test" and "reset" buttons) near water sources within six feet of any point along outside edge of a sink, outdoors, in garages and in unfinished basements. Test them to make sure they are working properly.

Fact finder

Why do most outlets have three holes: two that are slots and a round one centered below them?

There are three holes for the plug.

The bottom round slot is the ground connection ensuring if there is ever a short circuit (i.e. the current flowing through the circuit differs by a small amount from that returning) on a piece of electrical equipment, current will flow through the ground system and trip a breaker or blow a fuse, turning off the flow of current in that circuit.

Fun todo

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