May is National Electrical Safety Month and it is more important than ever to be aware of some common electrical hazards and the steps should be taken to avoid these potential risks. This information is so important to homeowners as there are potentially hundreds of injuries and even deaths related to the improper care of electrical systems.
Some of the potential warning signs that there could be a problem with your electrical system include dimming or flickering lights and sizzling or buzzing sounds. While recognizing these signs is one important step to take to prevent electrical fires, there are other precautions that you can take as well. There are different safety steps that can be taken for each of the different rooms of your house:
The bedrooms in your house are often homes to many electrical devices, such as desk lamps and perhaps even TVs. It’s important to check all of these cords to make sure they haven’t been damaged or frayed. Make sure your cords do not cross any doorways or go under the carpet. Damaged cords can easily spark which can lead to a fire and unseen cords are susceptible to damage and overheating.
It may not be all that surprising to know that your bathroom is the most dangerous room in your house so it’s important to take extra care. When plugging anything in, make sure to keep the item and its cord away from all water as water and electricity do not mix well. Watch these items for damaged cords and replace them as needed.
Your kitchen undoubtedly has a large amount of electric appliances such as a toaster or kettle. Make sure you do not overload your outlets and unplug these appliances if they are not in use. This could cause overheating and potential fires. Try to limit the plugs to one major appliance a piece. Make sure to also keep these appliances away from water or hot surfaces like your oven and stovetop.
The living room is one of the only rooms in your house where your whole family gathers and entertains. There is no doubt that most American families have television sets, gaming systems, and more in their living room. Make sure that these systems have space for air to circulate and overheating can cause a lot of electrical problems and even fire. If you have pets or young children, make sure your cords are out of sight as this can be dangerous for them and the electronic devices.
Areas of your home that are often overlooked include your garage and yard. Your garage may have a handful of power tools so make sure that they are properly stored when not in use. Ensure that the outlets outside are in good condition and are waterproof, especially during the holiday season when decorative lights are often in use.
All of these precautions will help protect your family and your home. Invest in smoke detectors in case of a fire or ensure that your home has a reputable security system as they can often notify both you and the fire department in case of a fire. You can never take too many precautions when it comes to your home and family’s safety.