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10 Electrical Safety Tips At Home

Home Safety Tips: Electrical Safety Checklist

Energy powers everything we do in our homes and hectic lives. In the busyness of daily living, it’s easy to neglect basic electrical safety. According to the Electrical Safety Foundation, home electrical fires account for 51,000 fires each year. This includes needless and avoidable deaths, injury, and expenses.

At Omega Safety Training, we value keeping people safe while at work and at home. We have compiled the top 10 home electrical safety tips as a starting point for your home safety plan. Use this reminder to begin protecting your home and loved ones today.

What Causes Home Electrical Fires

Electrical fires typically start with no warning, making it difficult to pinpoint the source. In houses, the usual suspects are aging appliances, overloaded sockets, lightbulbs exceeding wattage limits, outdated wiring, and loose connections. The following home electrical safety checklist contains preventive measures you can begin now to protect your home.

Top 10 Electrical Safety Tips at Home

Ignored safety warnings and outdated equipment play a large role in many electrical fires. Other hazards include electric shocks, burns, and explosions. Safeguard your home by equipping yourself with the following electrical safety habits and practices.

1. Regular Inspections

Inspect your home’s electrical system at least once a year. Look for frayed wires, loose outlets, and any signs of wear or damage. Include your extension cords and power strips in the annual checkup.

2. Licensed Electrician

10 Electrical Safety Tips At Home

For major electrical work, always hire a licensed electrician. This is also true if you’re unsure about the safety of your home’s wiring. They can identify potential hazards and ensure your electrical system is up to code.

3. Circuit Breakers and Ground fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs)

Know the location of your circuit breaker and test it regularly to ensure it’s working properly. Install GFCIs in areas prone to moisture, like bathrooms and kitchens, to protect against electrical shock. Check your sockets for the GFCI tags to determine their current status.

4. Electrical Outlets

Ensure all electrical outlets are in good condition and not overloaded. Avoid plugging too many devices into one outlet or using octopus outlets. Consider upgrading to tamper-resistant outlets to protect children from shocks.

5. Surge Protectors

Use surge protectors to safeguard sensitive electrical equipment from power surges. This is especially important for expensive electronics like computers and entertainment systems.

10 Electrical Safety Tips At Home

6. Proper Use of Extension Cords

Avoid using extension cords as a permanent solution. Their intended use is temporary. Extended use runs the risk of overload causing heat. Never run them under rugs or carpets where they can suffer damage without your knowledge.

7. Electrical Appliances

Regularly check electrical appliances for signs of wear and tear. Replace damaged cords or appliances immediately. Follow manufacturer instructions for proper use and maintenance.

8. Safety with Electrical Equipment

Always unplug appliances and equipment before cleaning or performing maintenance. Never touch electrical equipment with wet hands or while standing on a wet surface.

9. Fire Safety

Keep flammable materials away from electrical appliances and outlets. Install smoke detectors on every level of your home and test them monthly. Have a fire extinguisher readily available and ensure everyone in your household knows how to use it.

10. Education and Awareness

Educate your family members about electrical safety, especially children. Teach them not to play with electrical cords or outlets and to immediately report any signs of electrical problems.

Keeping Your Home and Electrical Devices Safe

Forgetting the electrical network behind your walls and inside your devices is easy to do. However, the consequences can be disastrous. Electrical hazards can cause significant damage, injury, and even death.

 Protecting your home and loved ones is essential, and will allow you to enjoy greater peace of mind. Take a preventive, proactive stance in the electrical safety of your home. Equip your family and yourself with the safety precautions outlined in this checklist today.