According to Electrical Safety Foundation International, an estimated 51,000 home electrical fires occur each year. What’s more, 65% of home fire deaths are a result of malfunctioning smoke detectors, further pointing to the adverse effects of poor electrical performance. Electrical malfunctions can happen at any time for many different reasons, making it essential for homeowners to routinely ensure their electricity and home appliances are functioning properly and safely.
Making sure your home’s electrical equipment is safe doesn’t require one to be an expert electrician. There are many proactive measures homeowners can take to ensure enhanced electrical safety in their homes.
Electrical Safety Do’s & Don’ts
When checking your electrical systems for safety, it’s a good idea to tackle each category individually: cords and plugs, lighting, and appliances. Here is a brief checklist for you to go through when examining the electrical systems in your home:
- Cords & Plugs: Thoroughly inspect each cord, plug, surge protector, and extension cord for frayed casing or exposed wires. Be sure your plugs fit snugly into all outlets and alert a licensed electrician if they are too loose. In damp areas such as your basement, only use water-resistant extension cords. Never run extension cords under carpets or use them as a permanent fix for insufficient outlets. Additionally, do not use one outlet to plug in multiple high-wattage or heat-producing devices, such as coffee makers, space heaters, electric blankets, or toaster ovens.
- Lighting: Each of your lights should display its maximum accepted wattage. Use this to ensure you only use lightbulbs that are either at or below the recommended wattage listed for your lamp. Be sure all lamps and light fixtures are on a flat, level surface and are at least one foot away from flammable materials such as curtains or blankets.
- Appliances: Ensure each of your appliances is plugged directly into a wall outlet and not into a surge protector or extension cord. Keep heat-producing appliances far away from flammable materials and be sure to unplug countertop appliances when they are not in use. Additionally, be sure to keep your kitchen exhaust fan clean to avoid buildup of grease, lint, and other flammable materials.
If you have young children in your home, it’s also a good idea to consider installing tamper-resistant electrical receptacles to protect them from harm. Contact your trusted electrician to consult with them about additional safety precautions you should take that are more specific to your home environment.
Signs Your Electrical Safety Could Be at Risk
Just as important to your safety is your ability to detect the signs of increased risk. The following are just some of the warning signs that can indicate the need for urgent assistance from our licensed electricians:
- Tingling sensations when using outlets or switches
- Frequently tripped circuit breakers
- Burning smells from your appliances, outlets, or switches
- Discolored outlets or switches
- Sparks, shocks, or electrocution when using outlets
- Flickering or dimming lights
If you notice any of these symptoms in your home, call the team at Lon Lockwood Electric at 585-766-4702 to schedule service immediately!
Lon Lockwood Electric Services for Improved Home Safety
At Lon Lockwood Electric, our team is dedicated to ensuring your home’s electrical systems are the safest they can be. Our team of knowledgeable electricians has the skills and expertise necessary to ensure safe, reliable electricity throughout your home.
Call us today at 585-766-4702 to get assistance with your home electrical safety needs and schedule service for your home!