Protecting your home and your family is an essential facet of living in a house or apartment. Though it may seem like electrical dangers lurk hidden behind walls and hidden places, there are some practices you can follow to ensure the safety of your family.
Read on for our top tips to avoid electrical hazards in your home.
Tip #1: Avoid Mixing Water and Electricity
If you can plug it in, keep the device away from water. Whether plugged in or not, electrical units should stay in a dry location. If an appliance does get wet, make sure to turn off the breaker aligned with that socket and have a professional evaluate its status.
Tip #2: Appliances Warnings Matter
Appliances will let you know when there is a problem by shorting out, flipping a breaker, or shocks you. If any of these are happening, stop using it right away. Have an electrician evaluate it before continuing to use it.
Tip #3: Wattage Matchup
Make sure to have the correct fuse and circuit break size and wattage. If fuses and circuit breakers are misaligned, you are open to potential danger. An electrician can help label your fuse box so you can be sure to have the correct fuse and circuit breaker.
Similarly, check your lamps to ensure you have a suitable bulb. If the lamp cannot handle the wattage of the bulb, both parts may be damaged.
Tip #4: Outlet Covers to Shield your Children
Toddlers and young children are prone to exploring their world. This exploration could potentially be dangerous if outlets are left exposed. Prevent a serious situation by placing plug-in covers over your outlets or choose automatic child-protective wall clips which snap shut when not in use.
Tip #5: Beware of Outlet-Stretching Devices
If you are using a device to plug multiple devices into one outlet, be careful of overloading. Make sure to check the specific wattage maximum to avoid stressing and potentially blowing the outlet.
Tip #6: Wall Plates Go Beyond Looks
Wall plates add to the aesthetics of a room, but they are also there for your safety. A broken or cracked wall plate may shock you with exposed wires.
Tip #7: Install Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI)
GFCIs detect leakages in electrical circuits. These leakages may occur when an electrical device touches any water.
New homes require the installation of GFCIs. If you have an older home, you may not currently have protection. Focusing new GFCIs in bathrooms, garages, and kitchens, may help keep you and your family safe.
Tip #8: Yard Care Tools at the Proper Time
It can be tough to match your lawn and grounds schedule with the weather. However, if it has recently rained or is still wet, adjust your use of electrical-powered tools until conditions have improved.
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