In addition to being a great time for spring cleaning, May is the perfect time to learn about electricity safety. It was designated Nation Electricity Safety Month by ESFI, the Electrical Safety Foundation International, a non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to promoting electrical safety at home and in the workplace.
Here are some easy ways to keep your family and home safe from electrical hazards.
Prevent Electrical Overloads – Circuits that are overloaded by appliances and lights are a major cause of home fires. Don’t plug in too many things to one outlet. Use a power strip.
Extension Cord Tips – Extension cords are meant for temporary use and should not be used permanently. They can overheat if overloaded and cause a fire. Make sure the number of prongs fit the outlet. The longer the cord the less power is delivered to the item so make sure to use a cord that is just long enough. Use a cord that meets the proper amperage for the item. Lower gauge cords deliver more power.
Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide Detectors – Having wired smoke and carbon monoxide alarms with battery backup power is an important way to ensure your family’s safety in the event of a fire.
Do-It-Yourself or Hire a Pro? Before tackling a home electrical project make sure that you review ESFI’s safety recommendations. If you feel unsure of your skills, contact our professional electricians for a free estimate for your project.
Learn More About Your Home’s Electrical System – Knowledge is power, learn more and teach your family members about electrical safety and check your home for fire hazards. Here are some tips that everyone should know:
- Never pull on an electrical cord, pull on the plastic housing on the end instead
- Electricity and water don’t mix. Don’t use electrical appliances around water
- Wear closed-toe shoes when using an electric mower or other electric yard tools
- Be aware of power lines and avoid them
- Stay away from other electrical equipment like power stations
- Don’t fly kites around power lines
- Always unplug appliances before working on them
- Turned off appliances are still connected to electricity if they are plugged in
- Don’t put anything besides plugs in electrical outlets
- Take cover during lightning storms