In Honor of National Electric Safety Month, PSEG Long Island Reminds Customers to be Safe

Offers tips to avoid dangerous situations and electrical safety hazards.

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Long Island, NY - May 4, 2017 - Safety is always PSEG Long Island’s top priority. In honor of National Electric Safety Month, PSEG Long Island reminds customers of ways to avoid dangerous situations and electrical safety hazards.
  1. Do not handle electric appliances with wet or damp hands, and never use electric appliances in wet or damp conditions, unless the appliances are specifically rated for that use.
  2. If there are small children or pets around, make sure unused wall outlets have safety coverings. All outlets within reach should be protected with plastic closures that fit snugly and cannot be removed easily.
  3. Inspect all appliances and extension cords regularly to ensure that they are in good condition. Cords should not be frayed or damaged. Ensure that cords don’t run under rugs or have furniture resting on them.
  4. Never pour water on an electric fire, as water acts as a conductor and can cause shock. A fire extinguisher that is rated as Class C should be used for electric fires.
  5. Make sure at least one smoke detector is placed on every floor of the home. Locate detectors on the ceiling away from air vents and near bedrooms. Test smoke detector every few months to ensure they’re working and change the batteries every spring and fall when the clocks change.
  6. When doing work on electric equipment, ensure that all sources of electricity to the appliance are turned off. When working on or near outlets, overhead lights, or cutting into drywall, shut off the correct circuit breaker. A simple voltage tester can be purchased for home use at a local electrical supply store. Making contact with household currents can result in severe burns or even death.
  7. In kitchens, bathrooms, and near swimming pools, standard outlets should be replaced with Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI’s). GFCI’s are devices that will provide shock protection by quickly cutting off the circuit and preventing injury. GFCI’s should be UL approved and installed by a licensed electrician.
  8. Never touch a downed wire or go near one. Always assume the power line is live and call PSEG Long Island at 800-490-0075 to report downed wires.
  9. PSEG Long Island offers electrical safety demonstrations to teach children the dangers of electricity and how to be safe around it. For more information and to schedule a safety demonstration, visit
  10. The PSEG Foundation partnered with Sesame Workshop to develop to develop Let’s Get Ready: Planning Together for Emergencies, and Here For Each Other: Helping Families After Emergencies, free emergency preparedness and response initiatives to ensure all members of the family know what to do in an emergency. For more information on these tools, visit
To learn more about how to keep a home, family members and pets safe, visit our website at
PSEG Long Island operates the Long Island Power Authority’s transmission and distribution system under a 12-year contract.  PSEG Long Island is a subsidiary of Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated (NYSE:PEG), a publicly traded diversified energy company with annual revenues of $9.1 billion.