Simple Electrical Safety Tips to Protect Your Home
We all rely on electricity every day to power our appliances, provide lighting, and cooling unit; which is necessary in these hot Charleston summer months. Transworld, Inc. wants to share a few simple electrical safety tips that can make your home a safer place around electricity.
Cords Safety Tips:
Electric cords are how we get a power supply to our appliance.
– You should never use extension cords as a permanent solution for a power supply.
– Extension cords should never be placed under rugs or carpets and should be placed around walls to prevent tripping
– Always remove the plug from the wall, don’t attempt to pull the cord instead
– Always unwind the cord completely before use to prevent overheating
– If using a cord outside, make sure it is rated for outside use
Appliance Safety Tips:
Many homes these days are filled with more appliances than ever, from televisions and sound systems to microwaves and toasters; we rely on these appliances every day. Here are some tips to help avoid the risk of an electrocution.
– Inspect plugs, switches and cords on your appliances regularly and have them replaced or repaired immediately if damaged.
– Make sure you dispose of any faulty equipment appropriately so that they can’t be used by anyone else.
– If you decide to clean and appliance, make sure you turn off the appliance before starting
– Never stick anything foreign into an appliance, such as a toaster oven
– Always touch with dry hands
– Make sure to turn off appliances if you are leaving your house, such as an oven or heater
– Make sure appliances that generate heat like televisions or computers are stored in a place where they receive good air circulation and are not located to close to anything
Lighting Safety Tips:
We all use lighting daily, here are some safety tips to remember when the lighting goes out and you need to replace the bulb.
– Always turn the light switch off before replacing a light bulb
– Never touch or replace a light bulb with wet hands
– Always make sure to use a light bulb with the correct wattage to prevent overheating
– Never remove the plate around a light when painting, instead mask it or have it removed by a licensed electrician