Like fire and water, electricity is both a vital part of our lives and a safety hazard if we don’t handle it carefully. Electricity produces heat, and heat can start a fire. However, we can greatly reduce the risk of electrical fires and electrical shocks if we follow a number of simple rules. Here are some ways to avoid electrical hazards in your home:
- Check the cords of all appliances regularly. Replace or repair frayed or loose cords. Never run cords under rugs or furniture, to prevent damage.
- Never keep cords near a heat source, such as radiator, oven, candles or fireplace. Also keep cords away from water.
- Plug major appliances directly into outlets, whenever possible. Install additional outlets or circuits to avoid using extension cords.
- Don’t plug too many plugs into an electrical outlet. If an outlet supports multiple plugs, plug only one high-wattage appliance into an outlet at a time.
- Check the temperature of outlets, switches and cords. If they are warm to the touch, unplug them and contact a licensed electrician.
- If you have children living in your home, ensure that your electrical receptacles are tamper-resistant.
- Use only the type of light bulbs specified by the manufacturer in a light fixture. Never exceed the recommended bulb wattage for a fixture or lamp.
- If you notice dim, flickering or surging lights in your home, turn them off immediately and call a certified electrician.
- Install Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) in your bathroom, laundry room, basement and outdoors. These devices are designed to protect people from electrical shock. Install Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCIs) as well, to prevent electrical fires.
Check out this article to learn about the most common causes of electrical fires in a home. If you’re working outdoors, be sure to read these outdoor electrical safety tips. For professional fire, water and mold restoration services, contact your local PuroClean office.