Increase Electrical Safety in Your Home – Part One
The energy that surges through your home and powers all of your favorite electronic devices is an incredible and, yes, powerful thing. Electrical safety is extremely important in every home, and we’d like to share some tips that should be routine tasks to ensure your safety.
Locate and learn your circuit breaker panel. This box is the headquarters for delivery of power inside your home. Label the panel accordingly and get familiar with how to read and control it. Always know exactly where to turn power off in your home, in case of electrical fires or hazards. You should always have some back-up fuses in supply for emergencies as well. This will help you stay organized and stay calmer and more collected during electrical emergencies. Knowing this is electrical safety approved!
Test your GFCI receptacles monthly. GFCI receptacles (ground fault circuit interrupters) are unique power outlets used in areas with water nearby (i.e. kitchens, bathrooms, utility tub areas, etc.) to protect against surges in electrical current. They automatically shut down the receptacle to protect you from being shocked. The red button is the “Test” button, which should be tested monthly, especially after any thunderstorms. If the outlet does not trip when you press this button, your GFCI receptacles should be replaced. This is a very important part of electrical safety within your home, for you, your family and your house guests. Never overload receptacles with multiple cords!
Address and repair broken electrical devices quickly. If they are pulling in power, and they are not functioning correctly, this can become a severe electrical safety hazard very quickly. Take the device or appliance out of electrical contact and repair or replace it as quickly as possible, if your lifestyle requires its use for daily routine. It should always be removed from electric power to avoid any surges or potential electrical fires. Dispose of any electrical-failing items. Some people try to sell these items to others for parts. Don’t pass the potential hazard on to someone else. If you’re in doubt, throw it out (safely, of course)! Clear all electrical wires from high traffic areas in your home, especially where there are children and/or animals!
Know the signs and symptoms of electrical troubles. Be alert. Electrical cords can often be damaged by household items like your vacuum, or household members like your furry family. Always check your cords and be aware if there are exposed wires that could hard you or your loved ones, or potentially ignite an electrical fire. A flickering lamp or light in your home could cause an electrical shortage, fire, or damage to your home. Electrical safety inspections are a good way to test your home for electrical safety, and show you what is pulling power, how and where it is pulling to and from, and whether your home has the proper voltage to maintain the electrical safety of you and your loved ones. If you feel a shock or tingling when you touch an appliance, it may make you laugh, but this is an electrical safety hazard and it should be addressed with a professional, licensed electrician!
Stay tuned for our next Electrical Safety blog! Have any thoughts, concerns or questions after reading this article? Give us a call or contact us online to schedule an estimate or service call. America’s Best Mechanical & Electrical is fully licensed and insured, with an outstanding reputation in the Bucks, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties, as well as New Jersey! You can trust America’s Best to bring you the best electrical work, design and implementation!
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