From extension cords to light bulbs and bulky appliances, National Electrical Safety Month is here to call awareness to your family’s safety at home. It’s surprising, but many don’t always think twice about these potential electrical hazards. There are dozens of ways that you can check for electrical hazards at home to help prevent personal injury and property damage. Electrocution and electrical fires can be caused by a variety of factors throughout your home and you’ll want to take the proper measures ahead of time in order to prevent home injuries from occurring. So, in honor of National Electrical Safety Month, we wanted to provide you with some of the top home electrical safety tips we could find.
- Using your smartphone there are many apps to turn off lights and appliances that were left plugged in
- Do not overuse electrical outlets and power strips, keep cords organized
- Make sure electrical cords to your appliances enclose the wires properly and are not frayed or cracked
- Use child safety covers over electrical outlets to avoid having them stick their fingers or toys in them
- Keep extension cords and power strips out of walkways and high traffic areas
- Contact an electrician to look at your home wiring if you’ve been experiencing any number of power outages or blown fuses
- Whether you’re in a bathroom or in the kitchen, keep all plugged in appliances away from the sink and any water