Electricity safety around the home is no accident

We all know the phrase… safety first. But when it comes to electricity around our homes, it can be easy to overlook things we might take for granted.

Here are some tips to help keep you and your family safe around the house:

1. Replace or repair damaged power cords

Exposed wiring is a danger that cannot go overlooked, according the National Fire Protection Assocation. If you see the protective coating on a wire is stripped away, be sure to replace it or cover it with electrical tape as soon as possible.

2. Don’t overload your outlets

Every outlet in your home is designed to deliver a certain amount of electricity; by plugging too many devices into it at once, you could cause a small explosion or a fire. If you have a lot of things to plug in, use a power strip (an energy saving one of course!) that can safely accommodate your needs.

3. Avoid extension cords as much as possible

Running extension cords through the house can trip up residents; this can cause injury and damage to the wire or outlet if it causes the cord to be ripped out of the wall. If you find yourself using extension cords very often, consider having an electrician install new outlets throughout your home.

4. Keep electrical equipment or outlets away from water

Water conducts electricity, so even the slightest exposure to this dangerous mix can lead to injury. Make sure you wipe up any spills to ensure that plugs don’t get wet.

5. Protect small children from hazards

Toddlers and small children are very curious– and they love to explore just about everything. Parents of small children should put tamper-resistant safety caps on all unused electrical outlets. In addition, all loose cords should be tidied up and put out of reach to avoid kids tugging on them.

If you are unsure if your home is as safe as it could be… call in the experts at Mister Sparky for a home electric safety inspection. It’s a call that pays off with peace of mind and may just save someone in your family from a dangerous encounter with electricity. Call us today!