It’s 2020 – and we are all about convenience. Electricity is something most of us don’t think about on a daily basis, although we use it almost
constantly. However, there are some things homeowners should be keeping in mind when it comes to their home’s electrical systems. A slight
malfunction could mean serious damage and loss. Although we are here for you when emergencies occur, we urge our customers to take a preventative care approach to all of their home’s systems.
5 Tips for Electrical Safety in Your Home
- Replace damaged cords. Once a power cord has been used for a while, the protective barrier insulating the wires can become damaged. Contact to these cords increases risk of electrical shock or electrocution.
- Don’t overload your outlets. Typically, an overloaded outlet will trip a breaker. This is actually a safety function – the breaker detects a high current level and cuts off the connection. Overloading outlets poses a large threat of electrical fire, especially if the breaker malfunctions and does not trip properly. If you notice other signs such as dimming lights, buzzing outlets/switches, or burning smells, you may have too many things plugged in.
- Avoid using extension cords. Extension cords are not made for long term permanent use, meaning they are likely to deteriorate faster than a normal cord. This increases the risk of electric shock or fire hazard.
- Water and electricity do not mix. Water is a conductor of electricity, meaning the combination can be lethal. Keep appliances away from water, and make sure your hands are dry before using them. Any rooms with running water (bathrooms, kitchens, laundry room) should be equipped with GFCIs. Additionally, every home should have a fire extinguisher handy in case of an electrical fire.
- Schedule routine professional check-ups. Catch potential problems before they become emergencies. A proper electrical inspection should include checking for safety and efficiency of main breaker panels, GFCIs, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and more.
Bradbury Brothers is proud to offer whole home electrical inspections. The safety of our customers is of utmost importance to us. Contact us today and let us help give you peace of mind when it comes to your home’s electrical systems.