Electrical Safety Checklist
Electrical safety is extremely important for every household. There are a few quick ways you can make sure that your home is safe. Below is a checklist that can easily be completed!
Plugs that are not secure into outlets appropriately can create a risk for electrical fire. Likewise, damaged wall plates and a lack of safety covers can cause electrical shock. This is especially dangerous when there are children in the home that are able to reach the receptacles and switches. Guaranteeing your safety means ensuring that the outlets are covered, secure, and in proper working condition.
Cords carry electrical currents from your appliances and devices to the outlets, and should be examined for wear and tear routinely. If you notice that your cords are split, frayed, severely kinked, or cracked in any way, they should be repaired or replaced as soon as possible. Refrain from damaging your cords with staples, nails or by placing heavy objects or furniture on top of them.
3. Extension Cords
Although many people use extension cords as permanent fixtures in their homes, this is not the intended usage. Extension cords are meant to be used temporarily for situations in which you need to power a device or appliance, but have not yet found a lasting solution. These cords can overheat or can tangle and create an obstacle on the ground that could be tripped over.
4. Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI’s)
GFCI’s are safety outlets that were created to help prevent electrical shock. The current that runs through the outlet is monitored and trips that particular circuit if there’s a problem. In some situations, the safety monitoring may stop working while the outlet itself continues to function. For this reason, it’s important to test your GFCI’s every month or so to determine whether it needs to be repaired or replaced.
5. Light Bulbs
First and foremost, make sure to use the right bulb wattage for your device or fixture. This will prevent overheating issues which could lead to fire. Also be sure to secure the light bulb firmly onto the fixture’s base.
6. Circuit Breakers-Fuses
If there is an overabundance of electricity flowing through the circuits in your home, it’s up to the circuit breaker or fuse box to activate and protect you. If the circuits/fuses housed within your home’s panel are the wrong size, too much unregulated electricity could be flowing through your lines. Check to ensure that your circuits or fuses are the correct sizes, especially if you’ve moved into the location recently and haven’t checked out your panel yet.
7. Water and Electricity
This almost goes without saying, but it’s important to never forget a device near a body of water and always react with caution if electrical components get wet. Electricity travels effortlessly through water, and if you come in contact with water that has a current running through it, you could be the victim of a dangerous electrical shock.
If this simple checklist is followed, there should not be any major electrical problems in your home. If you do find something that seems out of the ordinary, call AmeriServ and we will send out a technician to make sure everything is safe for you and your family.