5 electrical safety tips you should know for your home

5 electrical safety tips you should know for your home

1. Replace or repair damaged power cords


Exposed wiring is a danger that cannot go overlooked. If you see the protective coating on a wire is stripped away, be sure to replace it or have it repaired as soon as possible.

2. Don’t overload your outlets


Every outlet in your home is designed to deliver a certain amount of electricity; by plugging too many devices into it at once, you could cause a small explosion or a fire. 

3. Avoid extension cords as much as possible


Running extension cords through the house can trip up residents; this can cause injury and damage to the wire or outlet if it causes the cord to be ripped out of the wall. If you find yourself using extension cords very often, consider having an electrician install new outlets throughout your home.

4. Keep electrical equipment or outlets away from water


Water conducts electricity, so even the slightest exposure to this dangerous mix can lead to injury. Make sure you wipe up any spills to ensure that plugs don’t get wet.

5. Protect small children from hazards


Toddlers and small children are very curious– and they love to explore just about everything. Parents of small children should put tamper-resistant safety caps on all unused electrical outlets. In addition, all loose cords should be tidied up and put out of reach to avoid kids tugging on them.

 

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