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Electrical Safety Guide for Homeowners

Growing up we were all told to not stick metal forks in outlets, which coincidentally made us want to do it even more. Now that you’re older, you know better. You’re probably not as well-versed in the other electrical safe practices out there but you should be. The U.S. Fire Administration reported an estimated 24,000 electrical home fires and $871 million in property loss between 2014 to 2016. At Electrical Experts, your safety is our top priority, which is why we do everything we can to make sure you’re protected in your home. Follow these steps to preserve your home:

DIY safety checks

Do your part and conduct these regular safety checks. This process is quick and can be essential in preventing fire damage to your property.

  • Open your circuit breaker and flip the switches to make sure all of them work properly. You should also make sure it has three feet of clear space around the panel.

  • Perform a visual inspection of any exposed wiring. You can typically find them in basements or attics, which happen to be the most common starting places of fires. Look for any signs of fraying, splits, or even rodent activity.

  • Examine extension cords for any nicks or other damages. Be sure to replace it with a new one if you notice any flaws.

  • Check out exterior outlets and make sure they’re protected from the harsh outdoor weather with a proper seal. If you frequently use the outlet, then make sure you get a cover with access holes.

  • Test your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms once a month and replace the batteries yearly.

Electrical safety tips

Don’t overload outlets

We’ve all experienced that moment when a charger gets overheated. Don’t ignore this sign and unplug the cord from the outlet immediately. You can also follow these outlet safety practices:

  • Avoid using extension cords for appliances.

  • Only use one heating appliance at a time.

  • Consider purchasing smart plugs that can monitor outlet power loads and shut off appliances if they begin to overheat.

Be cautious with electrical cord placement

Damaged electrical or power cords are a serious risk and capable of sparking a fire and electrocution. On top of regularly inspecting them, we suggest you properly store them. Avoid covering them under a rug or wrapping them around other objects.

Unplug all appliances when they’re not in use

It’s best to be cautious and unplug any unused appliances. Devices are known to absorb energy even if they’re not in use, so this tip will keep you safe and help you save money. This applies to anything from toasters to space heaters to hair straighteners. You can even get smart plugs that have the ability to automatically shut off!

Electrical safety for kids

If you have young ones in the house, you know how curious they can get. Protect your kids and teach them these safety tips:

  • Install outlet covers so they can’t insert any objects, protecting them from shock.

  • Be sure to tell them not to yank or tug on cords. Instead, teach them how to properly remove a cord by holding the plug.

  • Keep hazardous appliances such as blenders, toaster ovens, and lamps out of reach or stored away.

Home safety inspections

Electrical fires are typically started by faulty or damaged wiring and older homes are especially susceptible. If you’re concerned about the electrical system in your home, it’s important that you get it inspected. At Electrical Experts, we’re trained and licensed to provide comprehensive home safety inspections.

Contact Electrical Experts today

We have been serving the Chicopee and Hampshire counties for more than 60 years. We’re here to help ensure your safety and comfort. Contact us online or give us a call at (413) 276-4787 if you’re ready to schedule an inspection.

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