Spring is on the way - so garages need to get ready for more regular use.
Whether you are clearing things out with some spring cleaning or getting an early jump on outdoor projects, your garage is sure to get some more traffic. Make sure while using your garage that you use it in a safe way. There are many potential electrical hazards in your garage for you to know. Keep reading to learn more about the garage electrical safety tips that will keep you and your family safe.
1. Test Your Garage Circuit Breakers
Let’s start with the most important step - your circuit breakers. Keeping on top of your electrical power supply will make sure everything works properly and is safe. Check which devices go on which circuits so any individual circuit breaker doesn’t get overloaded. Power surges can be rough on your tools, appliances, equipment, and anything else you have plugged into your garage. Don’t forget to also check the voltage load for your circuit breakers.
2. Make Sure to Use GFCI Outlets
Ground-fault circuit interrupter, or GFCI, outlets are made to make your life easier. These outlets shut off automatically when any change in power level occurs. These are great to have around any place where water collects or exterior surface. Having GFCIs is one thing, having ones that work is another. Make sure to test your outlets regularly to make sure they keep working properly.
3. Plan Your Storage
Garages have many uses for a family. These places are great to store your care and hold your tools. Additionally, they make excellent storage areas. The extra space in your garage can get wasted if you don’t take the time to plan how you store the things that need a place. Be careful to store electrical pieces so they won’t create hazards. Keep flammable materials away from electrical items. Make sure to keep your equipment, tools, and more unplugged when you aren’t actively using them.
4. Inspect Your Extension Cords
After a while, all your gear starts to show signs of wearing out. Since cords suffer some intense situations and weather elements, there may be problems that crop up. Make sure you regularly inspect your extension cords for wearing, fraying, and any breaks in the coating. Replace any cords with issues - do NOT try to tape or repair worn electrical cords.
Keep Your Garage Safe for You and Your Family
Garage electrical safety comes down to staying aware and checking your equipment. Follow the steps above and you should be in a good place. For more electrical home safety, maintenance, and repairs, give the experts at Electric Blue Inc a call today.