Even though you likely do not give any thought to your electricity and just expect it to work fine for you every day, there are still problems it could have. Some of these problems can even be dangerous, as they could cause an electrical fire in your home. To keep your and your family safe, below are some electrical safety tips you should know.
Every electrical appliance in your home has an electric cord. Many homes also use extension cords so they can have more outlets to plug their things into. You should check the cords and extension cords in your home regularly. Look for any signs of kinking, cracking, or fraying. If you notice any of these signs, the cords need to be replaced immediately.
Pull on each cord at the outlet a little to make sure each one is firmly plugged in. If you can pull any of the cords out easily, then you need to plug them into an outlet that they fit firmly in.
If you do not like a lot of cords laying around, never nail or staple them into a position. Instead, use twist ties or tape to secure them. When using extension cords, you need to make sure it does not become overloaded.
You likely have light bulbs throughout your home, and using them properly is important so they do not become an electrical hazard.
Make sure each bulb has the correct wattage for the fixture they are placed in. If you are not sure what the wattage should be, contact the manufacturer. Lamps and other light fixtures are made to only handle a certain wattage. If you put a bulb in them that has a higher wattage, the bulb can blow out and overheat, which could cause a fire.
You should also check each bulb to make sure they are screwed in tightly, as a loose bulb could cause a short or sparks.
Circuit Breaker Box
You should know where your circuit breaker box is located. It could be in your garage or somewhere outside, or if you live in an older home, it may be located inside. If only a certain area of your home goes without power, you may go to the circuit breaker box to see if the breaker tripped, which means it turned itself off. If you turn the breaker back on and it immediately trips again, you definitely have an electrical problem. It could be the breaker itself, or it could be a much more serious problem.
Contact an electrical contractor if you think you have any kind of electrical problem. They can also give you many more safety tips.