Increase Electrical Safety in Your Home – Part Two
Welcome back! In our last electrical blog, we discussed some tips and suggestions for preventing electrical safety hazards and exercising good electrical safety habits. In today’s blog, America’s Best Mechanical & Electrical would like to share more tips on helping keep your family safe at home from electrical fires and disasters. Some of these tips you may know of, but some may be great ideas that could have easily slipped your mind in past circumstances!
Childproof your electrical outlets in every part of your home. Many retailers offer electrical outlet cap covers, which prevent your young children and even your animals from sticking their mouths, fingers, and even foreign objects into them. This can protect your little loved ones and ensure that electrical safety is a best practice for your home. Your guests with children will thank you too!
Never overload your outlets or power strips with cords. Many people think that if there are 4 outlet openings, then you must use all of them. The power being pulled to a device is all dependent on its specifications and requirements. Your outlet may not be powerful enough to take on this draw. Even with power strips in place, too many cords can easily cause overheating, which can surge the devices and start electrical fires. Don’t take the risk! Know your home and try an electrical safety inspection with America’s Best. We can help you determine all of this in one, easy process!
Use caution when cleaning your appliances and devices. Always unplug your appliances and devices when you attempt to clean them. This will help prevent any accidental liquid contact with the outlets and power, which could cause electrical shock and fires! Electrical safety is extremely important. You don’t want to have to replace those expensive devices, or your entire home!
Thresholds should always cover ran wires. If you must run electrical cords beneath carpet, rugs or even across doorways, always make sure there is a threshold cover, to avoid tripping and exposing dangerous wires to your family and pets. It is never suggested to cover wires with any substance, and wires should always be clear of fabrics and debris. Wiremold is a great solution for an electrical cord threshold! Ask us for more information!
Hair dryers should be used in an area of your home without running water nearby. Using a hair dryer near your sinks or bathtubs with running water is an extremely dangerous electrical safety hazard! It is best to dry your hair in another room, like a bedroom or hallway area with a mirror. If you can only do this in your bathroom, always turn the water off and wait to turn it back on until your hair dryer is safely stored and unplugged.
Compare light bulb wattage to device wattage limits. Many homeowners don’t check their lamps for their maximum wattage for lighting. Most consumers just go for the brightest or the dimmest, depending on which area they need to provide light to. You could be putting a 100kw bulb into a lamp that only supports up to 75kw of power. When using wattage that is higher than suggested for the lamp, the bulb will overheat, and could potentially cause a fire or combust and injure someone around you. Loose bulbs can also overheat then they are not accurately positioned!
Unsure if your home is safe? Contact us online or give us a call to discuss your electrical safety goals and objectives! Let us help your family stay safe with an electrical safety inspection! Visit us on Facebook for our newest blogs, discounts and promotions! Stay tuned for Part Three of our Electrical Safety blog, and share with us any ideas you might have!