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May is National Electrical Safety Month

Georgia Power serves over 2.5 million customers. (Source:WALB) Georgia Power serves over 2.5 million customers. (Source:WALB)
Ashley Stukes, Georgia Power spokeswoman, stopped by the WALB studios to discuss in-home electrical safety. (Source:WALB) Ashley Stukes, Georgia Power spokeswoman, stopped by the WALB studios to discuss in-home electrical safety. (Source:WALB)
Observe extension cords before using them. (Source:WALB) Observe extension cords before using them. (Source:WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

With May being National Electrical Safety Month, Georgia Power is helping its customers when it comes to in-home electrical safety.

Ashley Stukes, a spokesperson for Georgia Power, says there are a number of ways to keep your family safe when it comes to electricity at your home.

“We have thousands of employees working every single day around the state to keep the power on, so safety is our core value. We always keep it at the forefront for our employees as well as our customers,” she says.

Stukes says individuals should be mindful when dealing with extension cords.

It’s important to always check your extension cords before using them. If the cords appear to be frayed, then you should get rid of them and purchase new ones.

Also, be mindful of how many cords you’re plugging into your surge protector and avoid adding extension cords to it.

Georgia Power says cords should be kept away from stoves and other heated surfaces, because there’s always a risk that the cords could catch fire.

And be careful while you’re outside your home as well.

Ladders made of aluminum and wood can conduct electricity, so be mindful if you’re near the area where electricity comes into your home.

Following these tips could prevent you and your family from getting hurt.

For more information about Georgia Power or electrical safety, visit their website here.

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