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Electrical Safety Tips Every Homeowner Should Know

February 3, 2015

Electrical Safety Tips Every Homeowner Should Know

The forest of electrical wires running behind your walls poses very little threat to the safety of those in your home, but the misuse and negligent utilization of electrical outlets can cause serious damage. This article will give you some of the very basic electrical safety tips to use in your home.

First, you need to remove or repair any loose electrical lines. If you have loose electrical sockets or frayed wires protruding from your wall, you should have these issues be fixed immediately by a trained electrician. Replace any frayed power cords on electrical appliances you use, as these can be both fire and safety hazards.

Since there are rarely enough power outlets in the highly-travelled areas of a home to accommodate all of the appliances and gadgets that may be present at any given time, many people gravitate towards extension cords as a solution to the problem. However, you need avoid the overuse of extension cords, as this can lead to overloading sockets. Ideally, you want to be using a separate socket for every plug or appliance that you’re using. If you are using extension cords, you have to make sure the total plugs used with a single adapter aren’t likely to go above the specified output rating for that adapter.

A better way to approach this problem would be to purchase a quality power strip with a two or three foot cord. Don’t forget to turn off electrical items when they are not in use. Leaving these appliances on does not only waste electricity and cause your energy bills to soar, but it can also pose a fire hazard. It is especially necessary to unplug electrical units that are not in use if you will be away from your home for long periods of time.  Your home is one of your most valuable assets and keeping it safe also keeps you and your family safe.

Chris George Homes
Oklahoma City Realtor
Let’s get in touch: 405.843.8188

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