Electrical safety is Paramount in the home,
home surroundings and in every day life.
The following is a number of home safety tips to save energy and to better keep your residence electrically safe:
Electrical Safety Practice
- Replace or repair damaged or loose electrical cords.
- Avoid running extension cords across doorways or under carpets.
- In homes with small children, make sure your home has tamper-resistant (TR) receptacles.
- Consider having additional circuits or outlets added by a qualified electrician so you do not have to use extension cords.
- Follow the manufacturer's instructions for plugging an appliance into a receptacle outlet.
- Avoid overloading outlets. Plug only one high-wattage appliance into each receptacle outlet at a time.
- If outlets or switches feel warm, frequent problems with blowing fuses or tripping circuits, or flickering or dimming lights, call a qualified electrician.
- Place lamps on level surfaces, away from things that can burn and use bulbs that match the lamp's recommended wattage.
- Make sure your home has ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) in the kitchen bathroom(s), laundry, basement, and outdoor areas.
- Arc-fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs) should be installed in your home to protect electrical outlets.
- Check energy panels every couple years for tight connections (properly torqued breakers, no loose connections)
- If alluminum wiring is present the pigtail receptacles then attach pigtail copper connections
- Apply oxidation cream to alluminum wiring
- Check heaters for dust buildup
- Replace any home electrical switch every couple years due to over usage
- Check for smoke & carbon monoxide detectors monthly
Causes for fire in homes
- Loose connections
- Overloaded circuits
- Outdated power plug strips or plug adapters (i.e. a 2-plug to a 6-plug adapter)
- Improperly installed devices
- Alluminum wiring
- Improperly installed switches or plug outlets
- Loose or outdated wiring in the attic
- Heater devices
- Non-maintenance panels