Outlets with loose-fitting plugs can over-heat and start a fire. Replace any missing or broken wall plates, and make sure safety covers are placed on all un-used outlets within reach of small children. Be sure to check for outlets behind furniture and appliances.
DO NOT remove the ground pin (third prong) on grounded plugs to fit a two-conductor outlet — this can lead to electrical shock.
NEVER FORCE A PLUG INTO AN OUTLET.
DO NOT stick anything other than a plug into an electrical outlet.
Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs)
Hundreds of people are killed or injured in their homes by electrical shock from ordinary appliances and power tools each year. By having inexpensive GFCIs installed in your electrical outlets, you can significantly reduce the risk of electrical accidents in and around your home.
GFCI should be used in any area where water may come in contact with electrical products, such as kitchens, bathrooms, garages, crawl spaces, basements, around swimming pools, and on outdoor outlets. Although they are easy to install, you should have a qualified electrician install GFCI's in your home.
Safety tip: Outdoor receptacles should be protected with ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI).