While communications do not normally present an electrical hazard, they can present hazards and pose risks to your personal safety if not used and maintained properly. Below are some helpful tips to consider in and around your home or business.
- Damaged outlets, cables or connectors should be addressed. Regularly inspect cords for damage before use – check for cracked or frayed sockets, loose/bare wires and loose connections.
- Throw way or replace damaged cords.
- Watch out for sharp exposed wire.
- Typically, fiber optic connections are made in secured enclosures or boxes. If you were to encounter an exposed fiber optic cable do not look into the end of the broken or open cable. Avoid any damaged or exposed fiber optic cable and report the issue to Jackson Energy Authority. Fiber optics operate using lasers for data transmission and these lasers use wavelengths that are not visible to the human eye. Much like a laser pointer the light can damage the human eye.
- Protect children from hazards. Be aware of children that may be near cords and move cords that may be a danger to them. Loose cords can be tidied up and put out of reach.
- Cover unused electrical outlets with childproof covers.
- Keeps cords secure and organized to avoid tripping on them or accidentally pulling them out of the socket. Never staple or nail a cord in place. Cord bundling devices/accessories or tape can be helpful.
- Pull the plug – not the cord – when disconnecting devices or appliances from an outlet.
- Allow for air circulation around electronics and appliances – especially those that generate heat.