Electrical Safety Tips
Our Suggestions for Ways to Keep Your Home Safe
The electrical service to your home is one of the most essential systems. Your electricity powers your air conditioning and heating that keeps you comfortable despite the season. It also powers your water heater and so much more. As important as electricity is, it can be a hazard if not correctly cared for. At Skipjack Electrical Services, we want to help you properly manage the risks that can come from having this utility so readily available. From repairs to upgrades, put our experience to work for you!
The Dangers of Unsafe Electrical Conditions
The codes that dictate how electrical wiring and components are installed have come a long way in just a few decades. Modern building codes are essential to the safe and efficient operation of your home's electricity. When codes are not followed, or repairs are not made promptly, the consequences can be disastrous. The two primary hazards associated with electricity are fire and electrocution.
To avoid having to deal with the results of a faulty electrical system, it is important to keep an eye on the electrical components in your home. Things to look out for are:
- Improper installation
- Constantly tripping breakers or burning fuses
If you have a suspicion that some part of your electrical system is unsafe, don’t hesitate to call the experts at Skipjack Electrical Services. Our 20 years of service in the residential and commercial electrical industry has made us experts in electrical safety.
Electrical Safety Tips for Your Home
Since you, as the homeowner, are the first line of defense against unsafe electrical conditions, it's vital to learn electrical safety tips to keep your system safe.
You must remember to:
- Never pull your plugs by the cord
- Refrain from using extension cords for permanent use
- Keep appliances away from water
- Inspect cords for abrasion or wear
- Replace worn-out outlets and switches
- Check GFCIs around water sources
- Make sure your panel isn't outdated
By practicing these simple habits, you can ensure that you protect yourself from electrocution and fire hazards.
Don't Overload Your Circuits
Every outlet in your home can handle a certain output before it becomes dangerous to plug in any additional appliances. If you plan on using an extension cord or power strip, be careful with how many devices you run to the same outlet. It's also incredibly important to only plug one heat-producing appliance – coffee maker, hot plate, space heater, etc. – into any one outlet to mitigate the risk of starting a fire. Major appliances like washing machines, dishwashers, refrigerators, etc. should also be plugged directly into the wall, not into a power strip or extension cord.
How Can Our Electricians Help?
Whenever you think you have a problem with your electricity, it's always best to call for help. Since electrical issues can be dangerous, timing is of the essence. After one call, our Edgewater electricians will come out and assess the situation. Once we determine the cause of your problems, we will put a plan together to solve it. Some issues can be resolved as quickly as changing a switch or an outlet, while other issues may require upgrades to your wiring or panels. Either way, there is no job too big for our experts.
We care about the quality of our work and always strive to complete the job quickly and safely. Call (443) 323-0333 today to schedule an appointment with one of our licensed electricians.