Electricity is everywhere in our homes. It allows us to light our rooms, run appliances, entertainment systems and our mechanical systems. If you suspect there is something wrong with your electrical system, you should always call a certified electrician to inspect and repair the issue. Jadrian Electrical Services Ltd. in Edmonton shares these electrical safety tips to keep your home and family safe from potential hazards.
Plugs and Outlets
The most common electrical hazard seen in homes is outlets that are overloaded! Do not plug in too many electrical devices. If you need to plug in a few more things use an approved power bar or have a certified electrician install new wiring and outlets for you.
Make sure you install Ground Faults Circuit Interrupters (GFCI) outlets in your bathrooms and laundry rooms. Test your GFCIs regularly according to the manufacturers instructions. If you need help with this, contact Edmonton electricians.
If you notice a plug or cord is damaged, stop using it immediately and replace it.
Appliances, Tools and Electrical Devices
Unplug your electrical devices when they are not in use. This will help you save energy and improve electrical safety around the home. Make sure you keep all electrical devices away from sources of water and keep your common sense when using them. For example, unplug the toaster before trying to pry out a stuck piece of bread!
All of your appliances, power tools and electrical devices should be certified by the Canadian Standards Association or another accredited Canadian standards association.
If you’ve purchased a new light fixture, check for the recommended wattage and be sure to use the recommended bulb type for each specific feature.
If you’re unsure on how to install a new light fixture, or remove the old one, do not play the guessing game. Learn how to change a light fixture here. Remember, electricity can be very dangerous if you do not know what you are doing. Be sure to call a professional electrician to make the install for you.
Electrical Cords and Extension Cords
If you’re unplugging something, make sure you pull it from the plug part and not the cord. Never remove a plug if your hands are wet and keep all cords away from sources of heat or water. It’s also important not to run cords under a carpet, doorway or anywhere it could be stepped on or tripped over.
If an extension cord has three-prongs it should only be used outdoors. Remember that the third prong is there for safety reasons and should not be removed or bypassed.
Extension cords are actually intended for temporary use. If you are using one more permanently, or could use an additional outlet, contact Jadrian Electrical Services Ltd. They can install a permanent wiring solution for you. Not only will it be safer, it will make your life a lot easier!
Need electrical work? Jadrian Electrical Services Ltd. will make sure that all of your electrical needs are covered. They offer full residential, commercial and industrial electrical services. No job is too big or too small!