Do not use electric appliances when you are in contact with water, that is, when the appliance is on a wet surface, when you’re wet or standing in water. Make sure your hands are dry when using an appliance. Unplug all electrical appliances before repairing or cleaning and when not in use. Remember to unplug an appliance that has fallen into water before attempting to retrieve it. Do not touch an electrical appliance with a metal object.

Never hang clothes or place furniture near an electric heater or hot plate. Keep electric heaters at least fo   ur feet from furniture and drapes, on a level non-flammable surface. Never go to sleep with a heating pad or space heater turned on. Never place appliance cords where they will come into contact with the stove or other heated surfaces. Always unplug an appliance that overheats, and have it checked by a qualified repair person before using it again.

Use electrical appliances with three-pronged plugs. Never pull out an electrical plug by the cord. Do not stick any object other than an electrical plug into an outlet. Never force a plug into an outlet.


Some overhead power lines appear insulated but only have weather protection. These are not safe to touch. Touching a power line with any part of your body or any object such as ladders, tree trimmers, poles, ropes or kites can result in serious injury or death. Remember that electricity can move through conductive materials such as water, metal, wood, aluminium, string and plastics. If you see a wire down, keep yourself and others away and contact CEB Call Centre immediately at 1987. Don’t work or play near power lines. When carrying long or tall items, such as ladders, scaffolding, tree saws and pool cleaning equipment, hold them parallel to the ground to avoid contact with power and other overhead wires. Before you raise them into the air, make sure they’re clear of any power lines. Teach children to be safe. Children should stay away from electric facilities such as substations, transmission towers, transformers and power lines. Do not climb trees if they are touching or near a power line.

For your protection, certain critical clearances are required by law, and minimum of 10 feet must be maintained when working below or adjacent to power lines.

Make sure that your outside outlets have a ground earth leakage current interrupter to protect you from potential shock.