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Home Electrical Safety Checklist

As a homeowner, keeping your family safe from electrical hazards is essential. There are many potential dangers around your home, from wires and outlets to breakers and appliances. Use this checklist to ensure your home is up-to-date and safe for your family.


Household electricity is dangerous and can cause serious injuries or even death if not handled with care.


In the United States, an average of 430 people die each year from unintentional electrocutions, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

While some electrical accidents are caused by faulty wiring or equipment, many are caused by simple mistakes that could have been easily avoided.


That’s why educating yourself, and your family about electrical safety in the home is important.




Appliances


• Inspect cords on all appliances regularly and replace any frayed or damaged ones.


• Do not overload outlets by plugging in too many devices at once.


• Unplug small appliances when they’re not in use.


• Never use an appliance with a wet hand.


• Do not touch an appliance if you’ve just come in contact with water.


• Keep appliances away from water sources, such as sinks, tubs, and toilets.

Wiring


• Inspect all the wiring in your home regularly and replace any that are damaged.


• Do not nail or staple wires to walls or baseboards.


• Do not overload outlets by plugging in too many devices at once.


• Never use extension cords permanently.


Breakers and Fuses


• Frequently check breakers and fuses to make sure they are operational.


• Replace any broken or cracked switches.


• Do not use defective light bulbs.

Outdoors


• Keep all outdoor electrical equipment, such as lights and holiday decorations, away from water sources like rain gutters and sprinklers.


• Do not put nails or staples into trees to hang lights; this could damage the tree’s bark, leading to disease or insect infestation.


Additional Precautions


• If you feel a tingling sensation when you touch an electrical device, do not use it. Have it inspected by a qualified inspector immediately.


• If you see sparks coming from an outlet or piece of electrical equipment, unplug them immediately and have them checked by a qualified inspector before using them again.


• If an electrical cord runs underneath a carpet, do not place furniture on top, as this could damage the cord and create a fire hazard.

Conclusion


Following these simple tips can help keep your home safe from electrical hazards. Remember, household electricity is dangerous and should be treated with care.


If you have any questions about electrical safety in your home, consult a qualified home inspector with Green Scene Home Inspections today.



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