Do not stick or poke metal objects into any electric appliance while plugged in for any reason. A common mistake is using a fork to retrieve a jammed piece of bread from the toaster. JUST DON'T DO IT! Metal is a good conductor of electricity, and touching the inside of an electrical appliance with a metal object could get you electrocuted. Unplug the toaster first, then retrieve the bread. Even when replacing a light bulb, the safest route is to unplug the lamp or light fixture first before removing and replacing the old bulb.