10 Electrical Safety Tips for Home

By on September 3, 2018
Most people rely on electricity to provide lighting, warmth and power appliances. Although electricity offers a lot of benefits, it is also risky. Electrical fires claim a lot of lives and causes many injuries. Below are ten electrical safety tips for your home.
i. Check the outlets regularly
Overloaded and faulty outlets are major causes of electrical fires. You should never exceed the required power output to avoid accidents. Most electrical outlets in homes can only accommodate 120v. If you are not sure about the voltage, please seek professional help.
ii. Use a professional to do any repair
Electricity is dangerous when not handled in the right way. Unless you are qualified, it is advisable to avoid repairing electrical appliances. Many people have been injured when trying to fix electricity on their own.
iii. Avoid touching electrical appliances and cables with wet hands
You should never touch any electrical appliances and cables with wet hands. Sometimes people are tempted to switch on the lights with wet hands. Water is an excellent conductor of electricity, and you risk electrocution. Ensure your hands are adequately dried before getting into contact electrical appliances. Also, wipe any spills on the floor to avoid contact with electrical equipment.
iv. Wear safety gear when using power tools
It is always advisable to wear protective attire when handling electrical tools. For instance, you may get tempted to mow the yard barefooted. Protective gear can include shoes, eyewear, gloves, etc.
v. Equip your house with GFCI
The ground fault circuit interpreter (GFCI) disconnects the power when cables or electrical appliances come into contact with water. Ensure the GFCI is placed in areas with running water such as the bathrooms, kitchen, laundry area, etc.
vi. Install tamper-resistant receptacles
Children love to stick objects in electrical outlets. This is dangerous and can lead to electrocution or fire. Therefore, it is necessary to install tamper-resistant receptacles to block the access of the outlets.
vii. Ensure your lights are stable
Make sure the lights do not flicker or turn on/off unnecessarily. The flickering may be due to loose or broken cables which might cause electrocution or fire. Seek professional help to check on the electrical system if you notice any fault with the lights.
viii. Never use water to extinguish electrical fires
You should never put off electrical fires using water. Instead, use chemical extinguishers if you notice fire coming from an outlet. It is recommended to have a functional chemical fire extinguisher in the house.
ix. Read the warning signs
Signs such as burning smell, warm or lose outlets may indicate faultiness with the electricity. If you notice any of the signs, you should put off the electrical system at the main switch. Also, call an expert to address the issue.
x. Replace damaged power cords
You should replace electrical cables if the insulating coating stripped away. Alternatively, you can cover with electrical tape. However, you should be careful when handling the cables.You should never put the safety of your family at risk. You can contact any Southside Electrician for professional help and assistance.