Handle with care

Saving electricity means saving money. Electricity is your friend - but if it isn't handled sensibly and carefully, it can also be very dangerous.

Saving electricity means saving money. Electricity is your friend - but if it isn't handled sensibly and carefully, it can also be very dangerous.

Every year there are unnecessary injuries and deaths resulting from the negligent use of electricity.

Eskom aims to reduce these unnecessary injuries and deaths through public awareness and education programmes.General safety rules:

l Never play with plug sockets.

l Never attach too many plugs to one socket.

l Never lay cords in such a manner that they can be walked on.

l Always keep cords away from stoves.

l Do not pass electric cords from one room to another through door hinges or windows.

l Replace frayed cords on appliances.

l Do not ignore a hot cord. The heat is usually associated with loose connections in the plug or in the appliance connector.

l If the cord is too short, use a proper extension cord.

l Never pull out a plug by its cord.

l Do not use electrical appliances in your bathroom. Water and electricity do not mix.

l Never put out a fire caused by a faulty electrical appliance by throwing water on it. First unplug the appliance or switch off the power at the main supply, or use a dry chemical fire extinguisher.

l Do not connect appliances to light sockets - they overheat and might start a fire.

l No bare wires must be inserted into plug sockets - this will cause a fire or even give an electric shock.

l Do not use the stove plates or even the oven to heat your kitchen.

As well as wasting electricity, this can cause unnecessary overheating of wiring and elements. Stoves are designed for cooking only.

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