Home Electrical System Safety Basics

If there’s one thing that none of us want to ever experience, it’s a house fire. However, sometimes fires do happen. According to the National Fire Protection Association, 25 percent of electrical system fires are due to things like frayed electrical cords and faulty wiring.

You need to feel safe inside your house at all times. In the effort to help you to protect your home, here are some electrical system safety basics to keep in mind.

Extension cord safety. When it comes to the extension cords that you have inside your house, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, before using them, check to see that they don’t have any broken connectors or damaged insulation. If you notice that some of your extension cords are damaged, avoid trying to repair them. Throw them away instead. Don’t use coiled extension cords. Also, if you’re going to use power strips, make sure that they are surge ones and don’t forget to check them regularly to make sure there are no signs of overloading.

Temporary wiring safety. If you need temporary wiring for a particular kind of house project, it’s important that you don’t substitute it for repairing building wiring. If you’re planning on using temporary wiring for holiday or ornamental purposes, make sure that it’s not up any longer than three months. When installing temporary wiring, it also needs to be no less than seven feet from walking and working surfaces. Finally, be sure to protect it from the sun and sharp edges. Temporary wiring’s insulation needs to always be in good condition.

Equipment power cord safety. Every time that you get ready to use an equipment power cord, you should thoroughly inspect it first. Before operating it, make sure that you have a ground connection. And if the cord is damaged or you need a longer cord, don’t splice it. That will only makes equipment power cords more hazardous.

Safeguard tips. Say that you were to ask someone who works for a company like 123 Electric Service for a couple of electrical safety tips. Something that they might mention is the importance of installing certain safeguards. This would include doing things like getting a small piece of electrical or masking tape and writing the purpose for each circuit breaker in your fuse box, labeling your disconnecting switches and covering up all of the electrical openings and conduit knockouts that you’re not using. You can pick up some electrical enclosures and fittings at your local home improvement store.

Maintenance tips. Another way that you can keep your electrical system safe is by applying a few maintenance tips. One of the main things to keep in mind is to inspect all of your appliances a few times a month to insure that they are firmly grounded. Also, make sure to wipe down electrical items that may get water on them, such as irons and electrical hair devices – that reduces the risk of shock. And finally, conduct an energy audit twice a year. That way, you can confirm that your appliances are working properly. For instructions on how to conduct your energy audit, visit Energy.gov and put “energy audit” in the search field.

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