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Electrical Safety

Don't take it for granted! Here are some important tips about electrical safety.

The State of Connecticut requires that ALL electrical work must be done by state-licensed electricians. The only exception is work done by the owner in a single-family, owner-occupied home. A permit is required and can be obtained from Wethersfield's Building Official.

  • Do NOT use frayed or cracked electrical cords.
  • Do NOT try to repair worn cords with electrical tape. They can be professionally repaired.
  • ALL electrical equipment should be checked frequently to ensure that it is functioning properly. Stereos, TVs and similar items require proper ventilation to keep them from overheating and possibly causing a fire.
  • Do NOT place electrical cords under rugs, over nails, or in high traffic areas.
  • Do NOT overload electrical outlets or extension cords.
  • Do NOT use electrical cords near a sink or range. If an electrical appliance must be used in a bathroom or kitchen never touch it when your hands are wet or when you are standing on a wet floor. Place appliances such as hair dryers, radios, etc. away from wet surfaces and where they cannot fall into water.
  • Do NOT tamper with fuses or fuse boxes.
  • Make sure all fuses in the fuse box are the correct size.
  • Make sure that all outlets have cover plates and that wiring is NOT exposed.
  • Do NOT store flammable liquids near ignition sources.
  • Do NOT place flammable materials such as furniture, clothes, curtains, towels, etc. within three (3) feet of heaters, stoves, or other sources of high heat, such as halogen lamps.
  • Unplug all kitchen appliances such as toasters, electric broiler ovens, grills or coffee makers when not in use. Unplug immediately any electrical appliance that smokes or has an unusual smell. Check for faulty wiring or call a professional service man to check. Electrical fires can smolder for days behind walls before erupting into full fledged fires. If the wiring is not faulty, have the appliance serviced before using it again.
  • When working near power lines or electrical equipment use a dry wood or fiber glass ladder. Metal ladders, metal boat masts, tree trimmers and TV and radio antennas can conduct electricity.

If you have questions or concerns about the electrical system in your home direct them to the Building Official.