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Your Crash Course in Electrical Safety

Here’s the thing: many homeowners do realize that yes, ouch, electricity hurts! However, many of us fail to realize that our electrical systems are in fact quite dangerous and are definitely not something to mess around with.

You want to be sure that all the electrical components in your home are safe. Fortunately, there are plenty of things that you can do to ensure that safety of your appliances, your home, and most importantly, your family. Below, we have provided our crash course in electrical safety to teach you some basic safety tips and how to prevent dangerous problems from occurring.

So, what are you waiting for? Keep reading to find out more!

Follow These Safety Tips

Here’s a list of our favorite electric safety tips:

  1. Put safety caps on all your unused outlets: Uncapped outlets can be quite intriguing for the toddlers and children in your home, so it is important that these exposed outlets are covered to ensure safety.
  2. Replace or repair damaged power cords: Exposed wiring can be quite dangerous and it is often overlooked. If you notice that the protective coating on any of your wires has worn away, be sure to have it replaced or repaired promptly.
  3. Do not overload your outlets: Each outlet in your home is designed to output a certain amount of electricity. If you plug in too many electronics at once, you could overload the circuits. When there is too much electrical current flowing through a circuit, the conductors may start to heat up, thus presenting the danger of fire.
  4. Avoid extension cords: Though extensions chords are great for plugging appliances into hard-to-reach outlets, they can pose a risk to your electrical system. The longer the wire is, the harder it is for electrical currents to travel, forcing the outlet to work harder than they’re supposed to. This can cause them to overheat and possibly lead to fires if you aren’t careful.
  5. Keep electrical appliances away from water: Even a small amount of water can cause electrocution if it comes into contact with an electrical current.
  6. Use the correct wattage lightbulbs: It is important that the lightbulbs you are using are not above the recommended wattage for the lamp or socket, as it can damage the bulb or the socket.

Here’s How You Can Prevent an Emergency

There are a number of ways you can prevent a dangerous electrical situation in your home:

  1. Know the signs of a problem: It is important to be aware of the signs that suggest there is an issue with your electrical system. Beware of the following:
    • Flickering lights
    • Frequent circuit breaker tripping
    • Hot spots
  2. Call for repairs: If you notice any of the signs of an issue, it is important that you contact your favorite electricians in Maple Grove right away. Prompt repairs are required to prevent the problem from growing worse or dangerous.
  3. Schedule regular maintenance: Annual preventative maintenance is perhaps the best way to prevent electrical emergencies. Your electrician will thoroughly inspect your electrical system and make repairs and adjustments as necessary.

To learn more about our electrical services, contact the team at Air Mechanical Inc.

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