Electricity is a convenience that makes everyday life easier. Without proper maintenance, however, the electrical systems in our homes can cause property damage or injury. Each year house fires occur due to faulty electrical components. Let’s look at a few tips for electrical safety in the home.
1. Safety with Electrical Cords
Routinely inspect electrical cords in your home, looking for frayed or damaged cords. Repair or replace devices with defective power cords. To prevent damage, keep all cords away from animals and children. Don’t wrap appliance cords or electronics cords too tightly. This can stretch the cord, damaging the wires inside or causing it to overheat. To avoid damage to the cord’s outer insulation, don’t run them under carpets and keep them away from heat.
2. Have a Fire Extinguisher on Hand
Never use water to extinguish an electrical fire. A class C fire extinguisher is the best device for handling this type of blaze. Keep an extinguisher in your home and make sure you and your family know how to use it.
3. Limit Use of Extension Cords for Electrical Safety
Extension cords are not designed for long-term use. Cords in walkways can lead to tripping accidents. If you will be using an extension cord, choose one rated for indoor or outdoor use, depending on where power is needed.
Don’t overload the cord and make sure to unplug it after each use. If you find yourself frequently needing an extension cord, hire an electrician to install extra outlets in your home.
4. Follow Appliance Instructions
When you purchase a new electronic device or household appliance, take the time to read the owner’s manual to familiarize yourself with its proper use. Knowing how to use appliances will ensure the device’s functionality and your safety.
Make sure your appliances have plenty of space for airflow. As they operate, appliances generate heat. Good circulation helps to keep the device cooler and prevents overheating.
In the event of an electrical injury or fire, call 911 or other appropriate emergency services right away. Follow basic electrical safety tips to keep your family safe and to keep the electrical system in your home functioning well.
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