Using electricity is second nature because electricity is a key part of our lives. We use appliances daily, and we also use electronic devices to get work done and communicate with others. Since electricity use is so much a part of our lives, it is sometimes easy to forget about safety, and this is where the danger lies. To use electricity safely, you must follow the tips outlined below.
Keep Appliances and Electronics Away From Water
Water and electricity do not mix as both together are a deadly combination. Because of this, it is critical to keep appliances and electronics away from water. Experts recommend that you keep all electronics and appliances at least five feet away from bathtubs, sinks, and swimming pools. If you do accidentally drop an appliance or electronic in water, shut off the power before trying to retrieve it. Then, have the appliance or electronic inspected by a licensed electrician before using it again.
Do Not Use Extension Cords Long Term
Extension cords are meant for temporary use only. Using them long-term can pose numerous risks, such as overloading the electrical system or starting electrical fires. If you find that you are frequently using extension cords, you need to think about having your electrical system upgraded. You will need to have more outlets installed, rewiring redone, and your electrical panel replaced.
Do Not Overload an Electrical Outlet by Daisy Chaining Power Strips Together
You may be tempted to procure a couple of power strips, and daisy chain them together so you can run several electronic devices and appliances. Doing this is not recommended because you can overload the power strips as well as the outlet and cause an electrical fire. Electricians recommend that you plug only one power strip into an outlet and then pay attention to the power load that the power strip can handle. Overloading power strips can cause them to melt, leading to electrical fires, and forcing an outlet to work past its capacity will cause the wires inside of your walls to get burnt, making expensive repairs necessary.
Do Not Run Electrical Cords Across Walkways
Running electrical cords across walkways is not only a tripping hazard, but it can also potentially cause damage to your outlets if the cords are yanked when people trip. It is always best to make sure any cords are out of the way.
Have an Electrician Install Surge Protection Devices
Memphis, TN receives its share of storms, and storms bring the risk of power surges. When power surges occur, appliances and electronics will get ruined, and your home’s electrical system will sustain damage. Surge protection devices will direct excess power away from your home’s electrical system into the earth to keep it from causing damage to your home, appliances, and devices. Contact an electrician to install surge protection devices in your home.
If you are contending with any electrical problems or want your home’s electrical system inspected to make certain all is well, contact Rush Electric. Our licensed electricians will do everything we can to help you.