Our team of certified electricians compiled a list of electrical safety tips to keep you and your family safe. Follow these recommendations to guard your home against unnecessary electrical repairs.
Electrical Safety Hazard #1: Cords
- Keep electrical cords away from water sources such as bathtubs and sinks.
- Never cover an electric cord with carpets or rugs.
- Reserve extension cords for temporary usage, only.
- Toss out cords that are frayed, kinked, or cracked. Also throw out any small appliances with power chords that are frayed, kinked, or cracked
- Use tape, never staples or nails, to affix an electric cord in place.
Electrical Safety Hazard #2: Lighting
- Keep bulbs tight, not loose, to reduce electric sparks
- Maintain appropriate wattages, do not exceed fixture watts
- Turn off and unplug lights before changing light bulbs
Electrical Safety Hazard #3: Outlets
- Be mindful of the number of items using one outlet and make sure you don’t overload an outlet.
- Install tamper-resistant receptacles, especially if you have children in the home. Tamper-resistant outlets will open only when the two prongs of a plug are inserted simultaneously. This design prevents electric shock or burns if a child inserts something into one of the outlet slots.
- Only install one major appliance per outlet.
- Use GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) outlets when electrical outlets are installed near water. These outlets help to prevent electrocution.