We all use several electrical appliances on any given day. Electrical appliances are extremely common among modern homes and it is quite easy to forget that there are actual hazards and risks whenever they are being used. Take some time to brush up on how to use them safely and properly and be sure that all members of the family know them. All these can help prevent needless exposure to electrical safety risks and hazards.
Basic Electrical Safety Tips
Keeping yourself safe when using electrical equipment, light bulbs, extension cords, and electrical appliances. Electrical safety tips should be incorporated to your household rules. It will only take one simple mistake to spark a dangerous fire. But this can be prevented through simple preventive and effective solutions.
- All appliances must be approved by the Underwriters Laboratories.
- Unplug all appliances that are not being used
- Store electrical cords safely and out of reach of kids and pets.
- Avoid draping clothes or toys over warm appliances.
- Never make amateur upgrades or repairs.
- Keep electrical appliances away from water like pools, bathtubs, and sinks.
- Appliances that produce heat like televisions, clocks, as well as computer monitors should be provided several inches of clearance for good air circulation and cooling.
- Never operate appliances if your hands are wet
- Keep curtains, clothes, toys as well as other materials that combustible should be kept away from heat sources like heating vents, space heaters, and radiators.
All electrical appliances have a cord and several houses use extension cords to increase the range of an electrical outlet. Listed below are some electrical safety tips that can assist you in keeping your cords in good condition to ensure safe operation.
- Always check the cords for kinks, cracks, or frays. If they are, call an electrician right away.
- Cords should never be used for anything else other than their intended purpose.
- Cords must always be plugged in firmly into the outlets.
- Never nail or staple cords to set them in place at any time. In case the cord won’t stay where you want it to be, use twist ties or tape to secure it.
- Don’t place cords underneath rugs because they can become a trip hazard. Plus, you won’t see it if they fray. Covering an electrical cord will also prevent it from staying cool.
- Never change a cord’s plug and that means not clipping off the third prong.
- Extension cords are short term solutions. You should minimize their use whenever possible.
- Use the correct length and weight of extension cord for the task. The cord must also be rated for outdoor and indoor use, whichever is needed.
- When you unplug the cord, don’t tug on the cord itself. You should pull the cord at the outlet.
- Unused outlets should be changed to a solid cover plate or childproof caps according to the recommendations provided by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
- Never overload outlets with several power strips or adaptors
- Only use the right size of the plug into an outlet.
- You should consider installing a ground fault circuit interrupter outlets in areas that may be potentially hazardous like bathrooms, kitchens, crawl spaces, as well as unfinished basements.
- Use bulbs that have the right wattage needs for every fixture. If you are unsure, call an electrician North Myrtle Beach.
- Think about switching to CFL or compact fluorescent bulbs that offer the same level of light but at a lower wattage level.
Call NMB Electrician Pros if you need help in making sure that your electrical system at home is safe, secure, and fully functional.
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North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582