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Top Electrical Safety Guidelines for Homeowners

Posted on May 1st, 2015 by Jupiter Tequesta

Most of us know enough to be cautious around electricity. However, the more we come to depend on it, the more likely we are to take its power for granted. Whether due to carelessness or malfunctioning equipment, electrical accidents occur.

Stay safe! Adhere to the following electrical safety guidelines:

1. Inspect electrical cords

Frays in wiring and cracks in insulation can make any electric-powered device dangerous. Keep an eye out for damage! Also, always make sure you’re connected to the right power source.

2. Keep a close eye on your lights

Notice inexplicable flickering? Don’t be tempted to chalk it up to a haunting! It could be a sign of loose wire connections or a broken wire.

3. Don’t overload power strips

Excessive extension on power outlet

Power strips can become quite dangerous when overloaded. Look into how much your power strip can handle before plugging in powerful appliances.

4. Stay away from fallen power lines

It’s not uncommon for power lines to fall after major storms. Do not be tempted to touch or move a downed line; it could still be energized. Instead, call your power company.

5. Have appliance routinely inspected

Appliances — especially old ones — can be hazardous if not properly cared for. Have yours inspected every now and then to make sure all connections are firmly in place.

6. Install GFCI outlets/circuit breakers

GCFI protected outlets and circuit breakers are an important way to make sure that you and your family are safe. They help prevent fires and deadly electrical shocks in the event of an electrical mishap. These outlets and circuit breakers will automatically turn off if there is a problem.

7. Install bulbs with the right wattage

Using light bulbs that exceed the proper wattage can cause an electrical problem. The heat can even burn your ceiling! Always use bulbs that are the proper wattage.

8. Temporary cables

Never replace building wiring with temporary or flexible wiring. Reserve use of temporary wiring for only maintenance, repair and demolition.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to Jupiter-Tequesta Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric for more tips on electrical safety. Guidelines like these can help you avoid serious injury and even death.

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