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Home Electrical Safety Checklist & Tips

Aug 3

A few simple safety tips can help prevent many electrical fires. Below is a checklist of 10 safety tips that every homeowner should follow. If you are unsure about the safety of any appliance or outlet, it is a good idea to consult a professional.

1. For improved electrical safety, always follow the instructions on your appliance.

The top tip for electrical safety at home should be "Read the instructions." Home appliance safety is important for both safety and performance. If any appliance gives you an electrical shock, it is best to stop using it and have it checked by a qualified electrician.

2. To protect your home, be aware of overloaded outlets

An electrical problem is often caused by overloading an outlet. Make sure all outlets are checked to make sure they are safe to touch and have protective faceplates. These safety tips can be found at ESFI:

  • Extension cords and multi-outlet converters are not recommended for appliances.
  • One heat-producing appliance can only be plugged into one outlet at a given time.
  • Qualified electricians should inspect hot outlets.
  • Power strips are only for adding outlets. They do not affect the power that the outlet receives.
  • Smart plugs are able to monitor the power load of outlets and shut off appliances if they overheat.

3. To keep your home safe, replace or repair any damaged electric cords.

Power cords that have been damaged can pose a serious risk to residential electrical safety. They are capable of causing fires or electrocution. Every extension and power cord should be checked for fraying or cracking and should be replaced or repaired as necessary. You should not staple power cords or allow them to run under furniture and rugs. Cords placed under rugs can cause tripping hazards and overheating. Furniture can also crush insulation and cause damage to wires.

Extension cords can be used on a regular basis, so you may not have enough outlets. Install additional outlets in areas where extension cords are used frequently by a qualified electrician who is familiar with electrical safety rules. Consider the power cord's electrical load when you are looking to purchase one. A 16 AWG cord can carry up to 1,375 watts. A 14 or 12 AWG cord is recommended for heavier loads.

4. To prevent damage, keep your cords clean and tidy.

Safety tips for electrical cords are not limited to when they are in use. Cords must be kept safe to avoid damage. Children and pets may chew on the cords, so keep them away from them. Avoid wrapping cords around objects. This can cause the cord to stretch or overheat. To prevent any damage to insulation or wires, never place a cord on a hot surface.

5. To reduce the risk of potential hazards, unplug all unused appliances.

Unplug an appliance when it is not being used. This is one of the most basic electrical safety tips. This will save power and reduce phantom drain, which is the amount of energy a device uses even when it's not in use. Unplugging appliances that aren't being used can also help protect them from power surges or overheating.

It can be difficult to remember to unplug appliances that are not in use. However, the new generation of smart plugs offers a solution. They allow you to create power schedules for each outlet.

6. To avoid shock, keep electrical outlets and devices away from water.

Water and electricity do not mix well. Electrical safety rules require that electrical equipment be kept dry. This will prevent damage to the appliances, as well as protect you from electrocution and personal injury. It is important to use electrical appliances with dry hands. It is important to keep electrical equipment out of reach from sinks, bathtubs, plants, aquariums and sinks. This reduces the chance of electricity and water getting into contact.

7. To avoid overheating, give your appliances enough air circulation.

Electrical equipment that does not have adequate air circulation can overheat, short out, and become dangerously infected. You should ensure that your appliances have adequate air circulation and not store electrical equipment in closed cabinets. It is important to keep flammable items away from electronics and appliances for the best electrical safety. Your gas and electric dryers should be at least one foot away from the wall in order to work safely.

8. To prevent fire hazards, ensure that exhaust fans are kept clean.

Exhaust fans can become clogged or dirty and make appliances work harder. This can reduce the appliance's life expectancy and cause damage to your home. It can also cause an electrical fire hazard. These hazards can be avoided by regularly cleaning exhaust fans.

9. Make sure you are using the right wattage for all of your fixtures and appliances.

The right bulbs can help prevent electrical problems. Make sure you check all fixtures, lamps, and appliances for the correct wattage. Use 60-watt bulbs for light fixtures that do not have a wattage. For unmarked ceiling fixtures, choose 25-watt bulbs.

10. To avoid potential accidents, be aware of water heaters and heaters.

Portable heaters and built-in furnaces should be kept clear of combustibles. Keep combustibles away from heating appliances to ensure furnace safety. To prevent tipping, portable heaters shouldn't be used close to drapes.


Oakland Electrician Group

(341) 208 2060

Oakland, California, USA