Are you ready for a scary fact? In a 2021 study, twenty-eight percent of Americans reported experiencing an electrical fire. What’s more, 1 in 5 of the respondents reported that the fire occurred in their home.
Electrical damage can happen to anyone, and it can put you and your family’s lives in danger. Unattended electrical damage can lead to shocks, outages and, worst of all, fires.
Is there anything you can do to protect yourself, your family and your home or business from electrical dangers? Fortunately, there are several things you can do! In this article, we will review some of the key steps to preventing electrical problems and keeping your family safe.
This might be the obvious thing to do, but most people skip right around this step. Older homes and buildings have older electrical wiring such as aluminum or knob-and-tube. Over the years as technology advances, professionals have found that this type of wiring isn’t the safest. When you purchase a home or building, an inspector will make sure it gets replaced before the bank lets you get a loan, but purchasing anything with cash usually forgoes an inspector altogether. This doesn’t mean the place you’re buying doesn’t need inspecting.
Getting an inspector for your electrical is a small price to pay to understand what you’re working with. A professional will let you know if it’s necessary to update any certain areas or your entire electrical system to modern standards. Sutton Electric services Cuero, Hochheim, Goliad and Yoakum.
One thing that you should never do is try to take on electrical work yourself. There’s a reason there are professional electricians for this type of work. If you have damage, need to replace anything or are just trying to add additional electrical to your home or business, call an electrician, and make sure to never work on it yourself, as it can cause more harm than good.
If a breaker has flipped, before you go and flip the fuse back to turn the power back on, unplug all the appliances that are connected to that breaker. This allows for the power in that section of your home to gradually restore instead of being overloaded all at once – which could cause the breaker to flip again immediately.
It’s essential to talk to your kids about the importance of electrical safety early on to avoid accidents.
Outlet covers – Wall outlets need to be secured so children don’t accidentally stick anything in them, which could cause electrical shock. There are many options to prevent this from happening, like self-closing outlet covers, plastic safety caps and several other baby-proof covers.
Keep appliances out of reach – Children are notorious for grabbing things and pulling them down. The best course of action to prevent this is not to allow them to be able to grab such things. This includes toasters, hair tools, TVs and DVD players and other things that are usually small and close for their reach.
Hide electrical cords – Cords and kids are like magnets. Where a cord is, there’s a child that wants to pull on it. Talk to your child about not pulling on cords. It’s also best to use the motto “out of sight, out of mind” and hide cords behind furniture or other devices that are meant to specifically hide cords.
I’m an expert electrician with more than 20 years of experience in the field. My goal is to provide the residents and businesses of Cuero with safe and reliable electrician services, as well as the knowledge to always be safe around electrical wires and appliances. Call me for your next electrical inspection!