Electrical Safety in the Home

Electrical Safety in the Home 

The majority of American people have incorporated the use of electricity into daily life. It provides light, heat, cool air, entertainment, even transportation, and those are just a few of its uses. However, it is easy to take for granted the dangers associated with electricity. Electrical accidents can result in fires, injuries, or even death. In fact, in 2011, almost 50,000 house fires involved electrical failure or malfunction resulting in over 400 deaths and over 1500 injuries (Hall, 2013). In 2009, 100 people died from electrocution from the use of home consumer products (Hnatov, 2012). As you can see, clients must take measures within the home to prevent electrical fires and injuries. It is your responsibility as a home care worker to ensure your clients health and safety, including safety from electrical injuries. While in a clients home, you should be on the lookout for electrical hazards and educate clients and their caregivers on the steps they can take to prevent electrical accidents. In this course, you will learn the effects of electricity on the human body, common electrical hazards present in the home, and measures to take to reduce these hazards. *Additionally, this course is offered in Spanish


Hours: 0.50


Certificates provided by accrediting body (3 Match)

Florida Board of Nursing - Certified Nursing Assistants


This is not an accredited course for professional license renewal. Florida CNAs may use this inservice toward meeting their annual inservice requirement.This activity is approved for 0.50 contact hours.

Non-Licensed Direct Care (DSP, HHA, CNA, DCW, PCA, IHA, NA)


Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (ALL Direct Care Workers)


Relias Learning, LLC is approved as a Curriculum Developer by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services. This activity is approved for 0.50 contact hours for all WA State Direct Care Workers. Training Provider Code: WA0624. CE Approval Code: CO147836

Course Details

Hours: 0.5
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 10/3/2020
Learning Objectives:
Describe how electricity affects the human body.
Identify potential electrical hazards in the home
. List specific safety measures that can reduce the risks associated with electricity.

Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: Principles of Electrical Safety A. The Overloaded Outlet B. Electrical Injuries C. Electrical Fires D. Electrical Hazards & Safety Principles E. Special Considerations F. Review G. Summary Section 3: Conclusion A. Summary B. Congratulations

Staff Writer: Jennifer Moore, RN-BC, CDP, WCC
Jennifer Moore, RN-BC, CDP, WCC started working in the senior care industry in 2000. She is a certified Gerontological Nurse, a Certified Dementia Practitioner, and Wound Care Certified. She has held positions including MDS Coordinator, Director of Nursing, Medicare Nurse Coordinator, Nurse Consultant, Area Manager, and Director of Quality Assurance. Her overall responsibility within each of these positions was to ensure residents received the highest quality of care. This included active participation in quality improvement initiatives, review of clinical records to identify areas of weakness, corroboration with the medical director to institute policies and procedures for resident care, and staff education/training. Additionally, she was responsible for maintaining an effective compliance program under a Quality of Care Corporate Integrity Agreement with the Office of Inspector General for a period of five years. She currently serves as the Director of Curriculum Design & Research for Relias. Within this position, her responsibility is to oversee the development of online training modules across the healthcare continuum. She has served as the subject matter expert for courses on re-hospitalization, clinical skill reviews, leadership, management, and various OSHA and regulatory compliance topics. In addition, she has presented at various state conferences on mandatory compliance, quality assessment and assurance (QA&A), and quality assurance and performance improvement (QAPI).  Disclosure: Jennifer Moore, RN-BC, CDP, WCC has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Expert Reviewer: Scott Damas
Mr. Damas is a full time Firefighter/Paramedic with the City of East Cleveland, Ohio and a full time Paramedic with LifeCare in Lorain, Ohio. Mr. Damas believes that through persistence and determination, anything can be achieved and constantly seeks out ways to educate himself and stay informed about his career specialty. He works day to day in the emergency service setting, and thus has obtained vast knowledge about all types of emergency care. Mr. Damas is a frequent speaker at various organizations in the community about fire safety and prevention. He provides fire safety inspections of homes, businesses and schools in his district, providing education during these inspections on fire prevention and safety. Disclosure: Scott Damas has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Entry, Intermediate level General Staff; in the following settings: Home Health.
Relias will be transparent in disclosing if any commercial support, sponsorship or co-providership is present prior to the learner completing the course.
Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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To earn continuing education credit for this course you must achieve a passing score of 80% on the post-test and complete the course evaluation.
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