5 Electrical Safety Tips
We all know that electricity is a powerful thing. When used improperly, it can be very dangerous. That's why it's important to be aware of some common electrical safety tips.
In this blog, we will discuss five of the most important tips that every homeowner should know.
1. Don't Overload Outlets
When you plug too many devices into one outlet, it can cause a dangerous amount of heat to build up. This can eventually lead to a fire. To avoid this, only plug in as many devices as the outlet can handle.
If you need to use more than one outlet, consider using a power strip with built-in circuit protection. This will help to prevent overloading and protect your devices from power surges.
2. Use the Right Outlets
There are some outlets that are special. They are called Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) outlets. You should use these outlets when you are near water, like in the bathroom or kitchen. If something goes wrong and water touches the outlet, the GFCI will stop the electricity from going through it. That way, you won't get an electric shock.
3. Upgrade Outdated Equipment
If you have any electrical equipment that is outdated, it's important to upgrade it. Outdated equipment can be a fire hazard. It can also be dangerous if it doesn't work properly.
Some examples of outdated equipment include:
- Wiring that is not up to code
- Extension cords that are frayed or damaged
- Outlets that are not grounded
- Fuses that are the wrong size for the circuit
If you're not sure if your equipment is outdated, it's a good idea to have an electrician take a look at it.
4. Be Wary of Electric Shock
If you are working with any electrical devices, be sure to turn off the power before you start. If you can't turn off the power, don't work on the project and call a professional instead.
As a reminder, always have a professional complete repairs to your electrical system. They are trained in safety and will ensure the project is completed the right way.
5. Inspect Cords Regularly
Cords can become frayed or damaged over time. If this happens, they can become a fire hazard. Inspect all of your cords regularly to make sure they are in good condition.
If you find a cord that is damaged, don't try to repair it yourself. Throw it away and get a new one.
Your Local Electrical Team
At Ostrom Electrical Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning, we are always here to help. Contact us today at (540) 253-1559 if you need assistance with any of your electrical needs! We would be happy to help you keep your home safe and up to code.