It’s normal to walk into a home and find appliances, electronics and other electrically charged devices plugged in. We use wires and outlets every single day, and yet electrical fires and shocks remain significant risks for families around the U.S. Most of these accidents stem from common electrical hazards, which are often preventable. Knowing these 10 electrical hazards to avoid can protect you and your family at home.
1. Having Cables Near Water
Water conducts electricity, so putting cables near water could cause serious shocks. Protect yourself from electrocution by keeping water sources as far away from your outlets, wires and devices as possible.
2. Leaving Small Children Alone With Wires or Outlets
Small children may have a tendency to abuse or misuse electrical wires and outlets, which puts them at risk for electric shock. You can prevent devastating accidents by closely watching babies and toddlers while they’re in reach of electrical components.
3. Changing a Lightbulb With the Switch On
If you need to change a lightbulb, turn off the switch first. Leaving the light on when you take out or install a new bulb could cause injury.
4. Overloading Outlets
Overloading an outlet or power strip can lead to an electrical fire. Before plugging devices into an outlet or power strip, find out the outlet’s amperage capacity.
5. Using Aluminum Wiring
If your electrical system has any aluminum wiring, we recommend switching to copper wires right away. Aluminum expands and contracts causing loose connections which puts your electrical system at risk of overheating. This type of wiring has gone out of favor with both homeowners and insurance companies. If you don’t want to replace your aluminum wiring Wiretech Company can make it safer by “pigtailing” copper wire to the existing aluminum wiring with CPSC approved alumicon connectors and connecting the copper wire to new receptacles and switches for a much safer connection.
6. Using Old or Damaged Cables
Keeping your wiring up to date is a critical part of maintaining electrical safety in your home. Damaged, frayed or old wires can lead to an unexpected fire, so call for an inspection if you have any doubts. Replacing those outdated wires can give you some peace of mind.
7. Misusing Extension Cords
While extension cords carry risks, they can come in handy for all types of applications. As long as you choose the right extension cord, keep it in a secure place and maintain it properly, it should be easy to prevent any incidents.
8. Choosing the Wrong Wattage
Plugging in a light or appliance with the wrong wattage can cause the system to overheat. You’ll need to ensure you have the correct wattage before installing any lightbulbs or other devices in an outlet.
9. Repairing System Components Without Professional Help
Unless you have professional experience with electrical systems, you’re likely safest calling a certified electrician for repairs and replacements. They’re trained to use the best safety practices and identify issues that need to be addressed.
10. Covering Power Strips and Cables
Lightbulbs and power strips can heat up when you have them connected to an outlet. Make sure to move any objects out of the way — especially flammable materials — to reduce the risk of a fire.
Prevent Electrical Hazards at Home With Wiretech Company
These 10 tips can help you recognize and protect against common electrical hazards at home. If you need an inspection or repair or want more information about electrical hazard prevention, contact Wiretech Company online today.