According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International, more than 30,000 non-fatal shock accidents happen every year. Luckily, these are easy to prevent! With some basic knowledge and training from your local electrician in Fort Collins you can spot potential dangers in your home.
Install Outlet Plug Covers
Outlet covers are the first step to ensuring electrical safety especially if you have children. New safety features allow the outlet to open only when a cord is inserted. This prevents children from tampering with them.
Always Check for Socket Voltage
Be sure to keep track of voltage and wattage when replacing light bulbs. A light bulb can short out if inserted into a socket over its capacity. The recommended wattage can easily be found printed around the light bulb socket.
Replace Damaged Fixtures
Switches and outlets will wear down over time with routine use and should be replaced to assure electrical connections remain stable. Also, replace any damaged outlet covers to prevent tampering.
Prevent Outlet Overloading
Try to avoid having too many heavy appliances plugged in and running from the same outlets or power strips. This can lead to overheating, a short circuit, or a tripped breaker.
Shut Off Breakers When Remodeling
If you are doing electrical remodeling or working on any projects that require drilling or cutting into walls, turn off all appropriate power sources. Even if you are doing small tasks like drilling a hole in a wall it is still best to turn off all circuits to be on the safe side.
Professional Electrical Help
Don’t hesitate to call York Electrical Services with questions if an electrical job is beyond your scope. As always, our estimates are free, and we look forward to doing business with you.