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- Be sure all electrical equipment bears the ULC (underwriters Laboratories of Canada) label.
- It is better not to use extension cords. Should you feel you must use one, make sure that it is not frayed or worn.
- If a circuit breaker trips or a fuse blows frequently, cut down on the number of appliances on that line immediately.
- Never overload an electrical outlet. In particular, the use of “octopus” outlets, is strongly discouraged.
- In older homes it is quite common to find that the capacity of the wiring system has not kept pace with today’s modern appliances. Watch for such overloaded signs as dimming lights when an appliance goes on, a shrinking television picture, slow heating appliances, or fuses blowing frequently. This is definitely a FIRE WAITING TO HAPPEN! Call a qualified electrician immediately to receive expert help and advice.
- Do not use light bulb wattage which is too high for that particular fixture. Labels inside each fixture will display the maximum wattage.