As a homeowner, you are responsible for the safety of your home. This includes keeping your electrical system up to code and making sure it is safe for your family. Here are 10 electrical safety tips for homeowners:
- Inspect your electrical cords regularly. Look for fraying, cracks, or other damage. Replace the cord immediately if you see any damage.
- Do not overload your outlets. Overloading can cause a fire.
- Use extension cords only when necessary and never for more than one appliance at a time.
- Never use electrical appliances near water.
- Unplug electrical appliances when you are not using them.
- Keep flammable materials away from heat sources, including electrical appliances and cords.
- Do not run electrical cords under rugs or furniture.
- Do not nail or staple electrical cords to walls or baseboards.
- Call a professional if you need to make any repairs to your electrical system. Do not attempt to do it yourself unless you know what you are doing.
- Have your home’s electrical system inspected by a professional every three to five years.
Following these tips will help keep your home safe from electrical fires. If you have any questions about your electrical system, contact a licensed electrician.