5 Electrical Safety Tips for the Responsible Homeowner

If there’s one thing that makes living at home more convenient, it’s electricity. It’s what lets us turn on our lights at the flip of a switch. It’s what makes it possible for us to turn on our stove and wash our clothes. It’s also the reason why we can watch television with our family.

However, in order to fully enjoy the benefits that come with having electricity in the various rooms of our house, it’s important to follow certain electrical safety tips. If you’re interested in knowing what some of those things are, we’ve provided you with five of them below:

Don’t use electrical things near water. If there are two things that definitely don’t mix, it’s electricity and water. That’s because if you do happen to drop something like a hair dryer or toaster into the bathroom or kitchen sink, you are almost guaranteed to electrocute yourself. So, when you are using anything that requires it being plugged into an outlet, keep as far away from water as you possibly can. Also, for safe measure, try and keep your hands dry while using these items too.

Keep cloth away from heaters. Here’s something to keep in mind for the wintertime. When it’s cold outside, if you happen to rely on more than your HVAC unit to keep you warm, be very careful about how close things like clothes, towels, curtains and even throw blankets are from your heaters. According to many home experts, it’s best if cloth is around three feet away from all heaters. In our opinion, five feet is even better.

Keep your children from using electrical appliances. As a general rule, until you are confident that your child is old enough to operate certain electrical appliances around the home, it’s a good idea to implement a general rule stating that they shouldn’t use any of them without your permission. And if you have toddlers moving about, also make sure to put some covers on the outlets; just in case they are tempted to put a toy or fork in the outlet.

Know what to do about electrical cords. If you were to ask a company like OnTime Electric for some electrical safety tips , one of the things that they would probably tell you is that you should be very cautious about what to do when it comes to electrical cords. For one thing, they need to have polarized plugs with one blade that is wider than the other or they need to be grounded three-prong plugs. Both of those help to reduce the risk of electrical shock. Another thing to keep in mind is that it’s best if cracked or torn ones are replaced immediately; that too can help to prevent an electrical accident. Some other tips are when a cord feels hot to throw it away (because it’s not providing the protection that it should), do not overload your cords with a lot of appliances and also, use heavy duty cords for appliances like refrigerators and washer and dryers.

Call a professional for extensive wiring issues. Although there are a lot of DIY websites that can provide you with tips on how to treat certain electrical issues, if it’s something extensive that needs attention (like your fuse box or a dangling wire in a flooded space), avoid fixing it on your own. Call a professional. They will know just what to do what will fix the problem and also keep you and your home safe.

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