10 Electrical Safety Tips Every Homeowner Should Know

Posted on: Jul 11, 2019

Electrical safety should be at the forefront of any home project. Electricity-related incidents can be and should be avoided. Since electricity is the most important utility we have. Home electrical safety is too important to ignore, let’s take a look at the ten most important electrical safety tips every homeowner should know.

1. Always turn off the Power

The very first step to working with electricity is to turn it off.  Before you start work, test to make sure the outlet, fixture, or switch is shut off. Then plug something in, flip the switch, and use a tester. It will only take a few seconds to cut the power and test the circuit.

2. Have the Appropriate Fire Extinguisher on Hand

Never pour water on an electrical fire. Water contains minerals that conducts electricity. Pouring water into an electrical fire can cause a significant shock hazard for those trying to put the flames out. Have a fire extinguisher on hand that is rated to handle electrical fires instead.

3. Use More Than One Outlet

Do you have an outlet with more than two things plugged into it? You most likely have an outlet strip with a number of things plugged into it, which is not a safe setup. Try to distribute small appliances and electronic devices to several outlets to avoid overwhelming a single. Alternatively, have an electrician add additional outlets at that location. 

4. Feel Your Outlets

Once in a while, go around and feel the outlets in your home. They should all be cool to the touch. If you find a warm or hot outlet, shut the circuit off at the breaker box and call an electrician immediately. You don’t want to deal with this level of electrical issues.

5. Child-Proof Your Outlets

If there is even a remote possibility that children will be in your home, be sure to install outlet covers. Spring-loaded covers that automatically shut when there’s nothing plugged in is the best option. 

6. Investigate Flickering Lights

A flickering light often means the fixture or the circuit has loose wires somewhere. Or that the bulb has come loose and there isn’t a consistent flow of electricity. Tighten the bulb. If that doesn’t fix it, call an electrician.

7. Install Arc-Fault Circuit-Interrupters

According to the Electrical Safety Council International, arc faults cause more than 28,000 fires in U.S. homes every year, killing and injuring hundreds of people. Arc-fault circuit interrupters help prevent these types of fires. Have an electrician install these in your home.

8. Don’t Use Extension Cords Long-Term

An extension cord should be a short-term solution when you need electricity in a spot where there’s no ready outlet. An extension cord should not be a permanent solution for anything. Either move the item closer to an outlet or have an additional outlet placed where you need the item. 

9. Install Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters

A ground-fault circuit interrupter shuts off if it detects the current is being diverted due to a short circuit or insulation problem. This helps protect people from being shocked, and it prevents fires due to electrical faults. GFCI devices should be installed in bathrooms and kitchens.

10. Call an Electrician When There’s Any Question

As tempting as it may seem to save money and try to DIY an electrical issue yourself you should always hire a trusted, certified electrician. Improperly installed wiring can cause dangerous shocks as well as fires. Don’t put your family and property at risk. Let a licensed electrician deal with electrical issues.

While these tips are a great start to help keep you safe the best way to protect your family and your home against the risk of electrical fires or electrocution is to hire a qualified, licensed electrician to perform any electrical work in your home. At Airco, we will take care of everything from start to finish so you can feel at peace with our team.

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