Every year hundreds of people die from electrical fires that could have easily been prevented had they used some simple preventive measures. Here are a few room by room safety tips that will help protect you and your family from an electrical fire.
Before you begin, it’s a good idea to go through each room in your home to assess any potential electrical hazards.
- Make sure the light bulbs you use don’t exceed the specified wattage for each lamp.
- Don’t use any extension cord as a substitute for permanent wiring.
- Never run cable or electrical cords under the carpet or area rugs.
- Always use a surge protector for your expensive equipment.
- Be aware of the hazards that come with using Halogen lamps. You should make sure they have metal covers and cannot be easily tipped over.
- You should have GFCI’s (ground-fault circuit interrupters) installed on any plug that is near a water source. These can protect you from being electrocuted.
- Always unplug your small appliances when not in use. That means all coffee makers, toasters, blenders or any other small appliance you use in your kitchen.
- Never plug more than one high-wattage appliance into one plug at a time. For example: plugging in your microwave into the same plug as your waffle maker, etc. If you do, you’ll overextend the electrical circuit which could trip the breaker or potentially cause a fire.
- Just like in your kitchen – you should have GFCI outlets installed on any plug that’s near a water source to help avoid the potential for electrocution.
- You should make a habit of unplugging all your small appliances such as your hair dryer, electric shavers, etc. when you’re not using them.
- Keep all your small appliances away from any space where they could easily become knocked into the water. For example: placing your hair dryer next to a full sink of water.
- Always keep your space heaters away from flammable objects and unplug them when not in use.
- When using an electric blanket, always place it on top of your bed sheets to avoid overheating and always remember to unplug it when not in use.
- Any extension cords that are being used for ancillary appliances such as freezers or second refrigerators should be inspected periodically to make sure they are in good condition. They should not be kinked, frayed or broken at any point. Additionally, you should always use an extension cord that is grounded.
- Never substitute an extension cord in place of permanent wiring.
Depending on your home, there may be other pre-existing hazards that weren’t mentioned here. That’s why it’s so important that you perform a room by room inspection to help identify any potential problems and correct them before they manifest into something worse.
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