Electric Safety at Home

Stay safe indoor and outdoors with our safety tips.

Electricity is a big part of our lives.  Follow these helpful tips to stay safe around electricity indoors.

  • Allow only qualified individuals to repair, maintain or operate electrical equipment.
  • Stay away from water when using electrical equipment.
  • Do not touch electric appliances with wet hands or a metal object.
  • Keep electrical cords away from heat sources, pedestrian traffic, and do not place them under rugs or mats where damage can go unnoticed.
  • Don’t try to repair worn or frayed electrical cords: replace them instead.
  • Unplug appliances before washing, making repairs, or when not in use.
  • If an appliance starts smoking or sparking, or if you feel a tingle or light shock when it’s on, stop using it. Discard, repair or replace the device.
  • Do not put metal objects in outlets or appliances. 
  • Don’t pull or yank on a cord to unplug an appliance: grasp the plug instead.
  • Do not overload outlets with too many appliances or lamps.
  • Keep electric heaters a safe distance from furniture, blankets, draperies, and other objects that could catch fire.
  • Never hang clothes to dry on or near your heater.

Electrical hazards are not only indoors, but can also occur outside. Follow these tips for outdoor safety to help prevent common outdoor hazards.

  • Stay away from overhead electricity lines.
  • If you see downed electric lines or other electric emergencies, call us at 800-611-7343.
  • Never touch a downed electric line: this could cause serious injury or death.
  • Never remove anything caught in electric lines — not even an animal. Call SDG&E immediately at 800-611-7343.
  • Fallen electric lines are extremely dangerous. Report any downed lines immediately to 800-611-7343.

For more safety information, check out our safety page.