Electrical safety is important to maintaining a safe home environment. Each year there are approximately 67,800 fires, 485 deaths and $868 million in property damage caused by home electrical problems! That’s why Allen Electrical has compiled a list of electrical safety tips.
Protect your home and family with the following practical electrical safety tips:
- Routinely check your electrical appliances and wiring.
- Frayed wires can cause fires. Replace all worn, old or damaged appliance cords.
- Use electrical extension cords wisely and don’t overload them.
- Keep electrical appliances away from wet floors and counters; treat electrical appliances and bathrooms very carefully.
- When purchasing electrical appliances look for products which meet the Underwriter’s Laboratory (UL) standard for safety.
- Don’t allow children to play with or around electrical appliances like space heaters, irons and hair dryers.
- Keep clothes, curtains and other potentially combustible items at least three feet from all heaters.
- If an appliance has a three-prong plug, use it only in a three-slot outlet. Never force it to fit in a two-slot outlet or extension cord.
- Immediately turn off light switches that are hot to the touch.
- Use safety closures to “child-proof” electrical outlets.
- Check your electrical cords regularly for signs of wear. If cords are frayed or cracked, have them replaced.