How to Connect or Disconnect Your Phones

These drawings show you how to install or disconnect your telephones.

The first drawing shows standard wall sockets, or jacks, for modular telephone cords. To install your phone, match the plug at the end of the cord with the jack, and insert. To disconnect your phone, squeeze the clip on the plug and pull it out of the jack.

A jack for a wall-mounted telephone is shown in the drawing at left. To connect your wall phone, match the holes in the back of the phone with the rivets on the wall mounting. Push the phone lightly against the mounting and slide it down into place. To disconnect, slide the phone up to lift it off the rivets, then pull it away from the wall.

 If your House or apartment has "hard wired" telephone outlets, you may be able to save time and money on installations by changing them to modular "plug-in" outlets yourself with a jack converter (right). Modular outlets let you plug in or move your own telephones. For more information, call your service representative. 

Telephone Safety

The telephone is one of the safest appliances in your home or office. There are, however, a few situations where a telephone user needs to be cautious.

The telephone should not be used while you are in the bathtub, shower or pool. Immersion of the telephone or handset in water could cause electrical shock.

You should avoid using a telephone during an electrical storm in your immediate area; calls of an urgent nature should be brief. There is a remote risk of a dangerous electrical shock from lightning when using the telephone during a nearby electrical storm.

If you think you have found a gas leak, you should not use a telephone in the vicinity of the leak until the leak is repaired. The telephone contains electrical contacts that could generate a tiny spark when you lift the handset and dial. While unlikely, it may be possible for this spark to trigger an explosion if the gas concentration is high enough.

Before you attempt digging on any property, call this number to prevent damage to underground utility lines.

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There could be buried telephone cable or conduit in the area where you plan to dig.