Working from home can be a big adjustment, mentally, emotionally and physically. You may even find yourself having to rig up a new at-home workspace so you can stay focused and plugged in—literally. Here are nine important things to remember when it comes to using your electrical system safely and responsibly:

  1. Test your home’s smoke alarms to be sure they’re in good working order.
  2. Avoid overloading your outlets.
  3. Use proper wattage for lamps and other light sources.
  4. Remember that extension cords should only be used on a temporary basis
  5. Never plug a space heater or fan into an extension cord or power strip.
  6. Never run extension cords underneath rugs, carpets, doors or windows.
  7. Keep papers and other combustibles at least three feet away from outlets and heat sources.
  8. Keep all cords out of the way to prevent tripping hazards.

Unplug computers and office appliances at 5:00 p.m. to save energy AND keep your work/life balance in check. 

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