Common electrical accidents can usually be prevented if you are careful. Using your appliances and extension cords properly and having good wiring may be all you need to do to prevent an electrical accident. Here are a few things to consider to keep you and your family safe.
Water and Electricity Don’t Mix
Most people know to avoid using electrical appliances around water or while taking a bath. What you may not know is that every year many electrical accidents occur because of using electricity around water. All outlets that are in the vicinity of water should have the proper GFCI receptacle. This includes, your kitchen, bath areas, laundry rooms, garage and pool areas as required by National Electrical codes. An electrical inspection can reveal if you need to add more of these to areas of your house.
Cords and Plugs
By far the most common electrical accidents that are fatal occur because cords and plugs aren’t used properly. Extension cords and surge protectors should be used carefully. Never overload your cords and never use an extension cord for a permanent hook up. Don’t hide extension cords under carpeting or rugs. The biggest thing to remember is never use a cord that is damaged by melting or missing insulation. If the cord or plug looks damaged, replace it or the appliance right away. It is not worth the risk to use a damaged cord or plug. Also, make sure you use the right outlet for the plug. Never force a 3-prong plug into a regular outlet.
If you’re using an appliance and you notice a burning smell, see smoke or hear a buzzing sound that is unusual, stop using the appliance until you can have it examined. Most small appliances just need to be replaced at this point.
Be sure and pay attention to the bulb wattage that is recommended for your fixtures. Putting a 100 watt bulb into a fixture rated for 40 watts can melt the wiring and cause shocks or fires. Plugging a plug adapter into your fixture can also be dangerous and can easily overload your fixture.
Household Wiring and Electrical Accidents
When it comes to the safety of your home, you are better off allowing a professional electrician service your electrical system, circuit breakers and wiring. If you are moving into a new home or have an older home, having an electrical inspection can give you the information you need to protect your family. You want to make sure the wiring is done correctly and that no circuits are overloaded. Anytime you detect a potential problem with your electricity it is important to get repairs done right away. Your electrician in Northern Kentucky will be happy to help. Call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric today.