Gulfport, Miss. – Mississippi Power wants its customers to stay safe this May during National Electrical Safety Month.

Whether you’re working from home, learning from home or just spending more time at home, it’s important to make sure your home is electrically safe, secure and efficient.

“Safety is a core value at Mississippi Power,” Safety and Training Specialist Mike Barnes said. “By taking some simple precautions, our customers can avoid electrically related fires, injuries and property damage.”

Mississippi Power offers the following electrical safety tips:


  • Check electric cords for fraying or cracking. Replace damaged cords.
  • Extension cords are expected to be temporary. They are not intended to be permanent household wiring.
  • Make sure you have the proper outlet and breakers. Contact a certified electrician to properly install electrical equipment.


  • Never touch downed power lines. Call Mississippi Power at 1-800-532-1502 and 911 if you see a downed line.
  • Avoid planting trees underneath power lines or near utility equipment.
  • Watch for overhead lines every time you use a ladder.
  • Call 811 before you dig to learn what’s below your property.

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