We all go about our daily lives without thinking about all the moving parts. For example, our homes run because of all the electricity and plumbing working behind-the-scenes. What happens when something goes wrong with the electrical wiring in your home? Unfortunately, electrical failures can cause injury, fires, property damage, and even death. In fact, fire departments in the U.S. responded to over 22,000 home fires as the result of electrical distribution or lighting equipment from 2007 to 2011 (http://www.nfpa.org/safety-information/for-consumers/causes/electrical/electrical-safety-in-the-home). As Denver electricians, our priority is the safety of the electrical work we do in your home or business. Our experienced electricians have a thorough understanding of electrical code and safety measures you and your family will stay safe. We work hard to make sure the behind-the-scenes electrical work is safe. In today’s blog post, we’re going to take a look at basic home electrical safety so you have an understanding of how to keep your home safe.
We all use extension cords to put light fixtures and appliances where want them, temporarily. Unfortunately, using extension cords as a way to wire your home is dangerous. Even when using them temporarily, make sure you are using a cord that can handle the wattage of the appliance you are using it to power. Additionally, don’t place extension cords under furniture or any any position where it could be bent or crushed, thus damaging the protective insulation of the cording.
It’s important to keep your appliances maintained and utilized in a safe manner. Here are a few tips:
Damaged Appliances: If you have an appliance that is damaged, unplug it immediately and replace or repair it. If a cord is cracked or damaged, or you notice a burning smell coming from the appliance, take action immediately. A damaged appliance could cause a fire, resulting in damage or injury.
Unplug Devices: If you’re planning on leaving your home for a length of time, consider unplugging your electrical appliances, such as your heaters, ovens, or air conditioning.
During a Storm: When an electrical storm is occurring outside, try to stay away from using telephones, radios, toaster, or hairdryers, which could short out.
Electrical Fire: Don’t Use Water
If an electrical fire starts in your home, don’t use water on it. The first reaction to a fire is to grab a bucket of water, but with electrical fires, you’ll likely make it larger. Instead, reach for your fire extinguisher, which is made with chemicals, to put out the fire.
Listen to Your Breaker
If your breaker trips, don’t just flip it over and over again to regain power. If a breaker trips again right after you reset it, that means there is an electrical problem in your home. If you keep trying to flip the breaker, you most likely will cause a fire in your home. Contact an experienced electrician to come take a look at your home’s electricity. In some cases, there is simply a problem with your breaker. But, sometimes, calling in an expert when a breaker won’t reset will save you from a fire in your home.
Call an Expert Electrician for Home Safety
It’s a good idea to build a good relationship with an electrician you trust when it comes to your home electricity. You want someone working on your home who knows what they are doing. Electrical fires are dangerous, and poor work can put you and your family at risk. Our experienced electricians are knowledgeable about the electrical code and latest safety precautions. We take the safety of our customers very seriously. Contact us today to learn more about how we work to keep you and your family safe!