Electrical safety should always be a top priority for you and your home. It is easy to prevent electrical incidents by being aware of the potential hazards in your home and taking the proper precautionary steps.
Never overload an outlet
Overloading a power outlet or power strip could cause a potential mini explosion or fire. By plugging too many devices into a power outlet you can overwork your electrical system, leading to greater electrical problems. To prevent this, you should use an energy-saving power strip, but do not plug multiple power strips into the same outlet as that could also result in an electrical fire.
Limit extension cord use
Make sure you are not running extension cords through doorways or across high-traffic areas in your home, as tripping and ripping the extension cord out of the socket can cause internal wiring damage. Just as wall outlets, if you overload your extension cords you run the risk for starting an electrical fire. When your extension cords are not in use, you should store them in a safe place away from small children, pets or heating sources to prevent stretching, chewing or other damage that might cause the cord to overheat when in use. Equally, you should replace any cords that appear to have any damage or wiring issues.
Unplug and store your appliances
Unplugging your appliances when they are not in use is the easiest home electric safety tip to live by. Unplugging your appliances not only saves you money on your monthly electric bill, but it also prevents power surges. Once you have unplugged your appliance, you need to store it away from any water source. Since water conducts electricity, keeping your electrical appliances away from it prevents electrocution. Unplugging and storing your electronics is especially important to remember while you are at work or out of town for a few days. You wouldn’t want to come home to find your kitchen has completely burned down because you forgot to unplug your coffee maker and toaster that morning!
Yearly electrical inspections
Your electrical system can go through a number of changes and even destabilize over the course of a year. One of the best ways to reduce the risk of an electrical fire or incident is to perform routine yearly inspections and repairs to your electrical system. According to the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association), electrical failures and malfunctions account for 13 percent of home fires, making it the second leading cause of home fires behind negligence. Your loved ones’ safety is extremely important, and with 18 percent of civilian deaths caused by electrical fires, you don’t want to wait to find out your home’s electrical system isn’t up to code the hard way.
While fires are the most common result of faulty electrical wiring, fire-responders report almost 385,700 non-fire electrical incidents yearly, and of those instances 58 percent are attributed to some type of electrical failure. In order to keep your home and loved ones safe from any dangerous electrical issues, make sure to keep an electrical home safety checklist. If you have yet to have your home’s electrical system inspected by an electrician in Denver this year, schedule an appointment with New Electric Colorado today.