Electrical Safety Tips You Can’t Afford to Ignore
When it comes to electricity you always need to keep the attitude – safety first! Did you know that most electrical accidents that occur in the home happen near water? Since that is proven by statistics, that’s also the first electrical safety tip found here. A few others are also listed here to help you and your family remain safe.
Be Careful and Cautious Using Electricity Near Water
If it’s possible, be sure to keep all your electrical equipment and appliances away from any water sources. If you are handling electrical devices, only do this with completely dry hands, and don’t use common electrical devices, like microwaves or televisions, as a countertop or work surface.
Also, be sure to fill up your steam iron before you plug it in and use caution when using a hair dryer or other type of electrical grooming device in your bathroom. If you are standing on a wet floor, never pick up electrical equipment.
Avoid Overloading Your Electrical Outlets
If you plug too many cords into one outlet it will create a tripping and a fire hazard. Generally speaking, it is a good idea to keep one cord per each socket. If you must use a multi-outlet adapter, be sure it is kind that has built-in overload protection.
Be Aware of Snaking, Sneaky Cords
Be sure to tuck all of your cords snuggly against the wall away from where you walk. Also, don’t cover your electrical cords with throw rugs or area rugs. These will not only create a tripping hazard that could cause a physical injury, the are more likely to overheat if covered.
Don’t ever let the wires dangle over your stovetops, toasters or other kitchen appliances and be sure never to stick anything in your toaster besides food.
Turn Off Your Electronics When They Aren’t Being Used
Are you guilty of leaving your computer running, your cell phone charging or your video games ready to go – even when you aren’t using them? If so, you aren’t alone; however, this isn’t a good idea – turn them off. By doing this, you are not only saving electricity (and money) but you are also avoiding potential electrical hazards.
Inspect Your Sockets and Outlets Regularly
Be sure to inspect your outlets for any cracks or chips. Also, stop using an outlet that emits any type of burning smell. Look for broken or frayed wires on your equipment and appliances, too. These simple indications of a problem will let you know if something is wrong.
If you need more tips on how to keep your home’s electrical components working properly and safe, contact the professionals. They can help provide you with more tips and information.