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Electrical Safety at Home

Aug 4

Many people live in homes that have electrical hazards. These can pose a serious threat to their health. It is important that everyone knows how to stay safe in dealing with these hazards at home.

This blog post will share some electrical safety tips that can save your life and help you avoid electric shock.

1. Repair or replace damaged, cracked, loose, or defective power cords

You should take electrical safety precautions to protect yourself from electric shocks. This covers all items in your home, including extension cords and light fixtures. This includes appliances such as clothes dryers and dishwashers, ovens/stoves, refrigerators, and ovens/stoves.

Damaged power cords are one of the biggest hazards to electrical safety in your home. Extension cords should be handled with caution as they can get caught on furniture and walked over. This can cause an electrical shock or short-circuit.

Replace any worn-out cord immediately if it poses an electric danger.

2. To avoid potential shock hazards, keep electrical devices away from water sources

There are many ways to ensure electrical safety at home. However, it is important to remember that safety does not end with the equipment. You also need to be careful not to get water in proximity to any power cord or outlet.

Irons, blenders, and vacuum cleaners are all common household items that can be exposed to water.

They can all be exposed to moisture and pose potential hazards.

But what about outlets? You might think that they are inaccessible to water. If your home has been renovated since the installation of electric fixtures, water could have dripped into the walls.

3. Avoid overloading outlets

It may seem that multiple appliances can be plugged into one outlet. However, it is possible to do so if they are not too close together. This is dangerous for your electrical system.

Overloading outlets can cause appliances, such as refrigerators, to stop working completely or shut down prematurely due to heat-related problems.

4. To avoid the risk of overheating, unplug appliances when not in use

Unplugging appliances that are not being used is one of the most important steps in electrical safety.

Unplugging appliances can prevent overheating outlets or overloading, which can lead to a fire and even complete destruction of the electrical system.

5. Make sure to use the correct wattage for lamps and lighting fixtures

Here are some guidelines to help you choose the right wattage for your lamps and lighting fixtures.

  • Lighting should not exceed 60 watts, 40 being the best. If there are two switches that permit you to turn each lamp on and off separately, do not place more than one bulb per lamp.
  • Mixing old incandescent bulbs and newer, more efficient ones is a bad idea. They use different power levels, and can cause flickering, or even fire hazards.
  • If children are afraid of being without light, use night lights instead. Even adults don't feel like everything has to be lit up at night, so it is worth investing in night lights.


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

Every appliance manual contains information on how to use the device properly. To avoid any potential dangers, ensure you read the instructions before assembling a toy for your grandchild.

A frayed or damaged extension cable is one of the biggest electrical hazards. Extension cords shouldn't be run underneath carpeting and are not designed to carry large loads more than a few feet. If an extension cord has visible wear, make sure you place furniture under it so it does not touch the floor.

Overloaded power outlets can also pose a danger to your safety and could cause serious injury or even death. It only takes a few seconds to blow a fuse. We recommend that you replace old fuses before they become out of date and cost more.


Oakland Electrician Group

(341) 208 2060

Oakland, California, USA