Home Safety Advice from an Electrician
Electricians face electrical emergencies day in and day out in the course of doing their jobs. For this reason they are one of the best (If not, the best) people to give professional electrical advice when it comes to safety.
Here are some tips that could help households avert any electrical emergency:
- Schedule regular maintenance checks. Routine electrical safety checks can help avoid emergencies that put lives and properties at risk. Electrician contractors offer maintenance check services that will ensure all electrical fixtures are functioning safely and properly. Preventive maintenance checks usually include outdoor inspection for possible electrical hazards caused by trees and other installations, examination of breaker boxes or electrical panels; inspection of switches, outlets, electrical cords, light bulbs as well as smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.
- Avoid overloading an outlet. Always make sure that the outlet used for a certain appliance or equipment is not overloaded so as to prevent electrical problems and appliance or equipment damage.
- Use extension cords sparingly. Extension cords pose dangers especially when overloaded with electrical equipment or electronic gadgets. For this reason extension cords should be used sparingly, and if additional outlets or power source are needed, then these should be brought up to a licensed electrician.
- There are equipment and appliances that need professional installation. Consult a licensed electrician when unsure on how to go about installing a new equipment or appliance, as well as if the electrical requirement of the equipment can be met by existing power sources. This is to avoid overloading that can cause electrical problems as well as equipment damage.
- Child-proof electrical fixtures. Children, especially toddlers are unaware about electrical hazards so it is better to child-proof electrical outlets as well as other electrical fixtures they may have access to, in order to avoid injuries and accidents. There are child-proofing accessories that can be bought in big supermarkets and home stores that could easily be installed at home. Usual electrical fixtures that need child-proofing are outlets, power cords, extension cords, and the like.