According to the National Fire Protection Association, from 2010 to 2014 there were over 500 deaths that were either caused by electrical failure or electrical distribution equipment. As a homeowner electrical safety is one of those things that you should know and be readily equipped with the proper skills in-case of emergencies. You should also ensure that the entire home’s electrical system has been properly installed and correctly wired.
1. Hiring the Right People
One of the biggest mistakes homeowners make, especially new homeowners, is hiring the wrong people. You should always ensure that whoever yoy hire to either fix or install your electrical system is a certified professional. Every state has its own Electrician Certification Program and as a homeowner you should always verify that any person hired to work on your electrical system has a genuine and verifiable certificate. So always make sure you are working with skilled and qualified electricians who have the required experience and necessary training. You might have to dig a little deep into their pocket for their fees, but that’s a small price to pay for your safety and that of your loved ones.
2. Conducting Regular Checks
As a homeowner, you should make sure that you check up on your electrical system at least once a year. It is known that some electrical faults tend to develop over time and having a professional electrician conduct a safety check is a good thing to avoid a potential disaster.
3. Safety and Precaution Know How
Every homeowner should try to equip their loved ones with knowledge on how to lower the risk of having an electric accident. Apart from having a good electrical system you must teach your loved ones on how to take extra care when working with electrical equipment. Some of these safety precautions include; not overloading power outlets, making sure that all light bulbs are tightened as loose ones can produce spark which might led to a fire, keeping electrical cords away from water or water sources, and making sure to purchase electrical appliances that have three prongs.
4. Child Safety
If you have kids or plan on having them, it’s always a good thing to make sure that you childproof all of your power outlets. Kids often try to satisfy their curiosity in various ways or activities and some of these activities tend to be very dangerous like sticking a power conducting object or fingers into a power outlet. It’s always a good idea to put tamper proof receptacles on outlets and you can find these outlet covers readily available at your local store.
5. Warm Outlets are a Danger
One of the most dangerous electrical situations is having an outlet that feels warm to the touch. These also constantly flip the circuit breaker and are an obvious sign of a potential disaster. As a homeowner you risk a potential fire or electric shock. Fixing such outlets should be a top safety priority by hiring a certified electrician who will get the job done.
6. Circuit Interrupters.
An electrical system should be able to handle most of the electrical appliances typically found in a normal home but in-case of power surges, or abrupt power loss circuit breakers and fuses will automatically switch the off power.
By having Arc-fault Circuit Interrupters AFCI installed throughout out your home your protected against accidental electrical discharges that are typically caused by damaged power cords and loose connections. Another type of circuit interrupter that you should have installed is the Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI). These are installed in rooms or areas where there is running water such as kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms and are mandatory for new homes. They work by shutting off electrical current when they detect that a circuit has become a potential shock hazard.
7. Purchase New Electrical Equipment
You should avoid second hand or used electrical appliances. By purchasing new equipment you lower the chances of having faulty equipment that might have loose wires. Make sure you read the labels and verify that it’s a genuine product made by a reputable company. In-case you go for second hand equipment, use the money you saved-up from buying the equipment, by taking it to an electrical appliance repairman who will give it a checkup.