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:
- Test your home’s smoke alarms to be sure they’re in good working order.
- Avoid overloading your outlets.
- Use proper wattage for lamps and other light sources.
- Remember that extension cords should only be used on a temporary basis
- Never plug a space heater or fan into an extension cord or power strip.
- Never run extension cords underneath rugs, carpets, doors or windows.
- Keep papers and other combustibles at least three feet away from outlets and heat sources.
- 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.