Electrical Safety Tips
By Dave Rongey
Summary: This list of home electrical safety tips will help to safeguard your family against potential hazards.
Home Electrical Safety Checklist for to help Prevent Hazards
|This Home Electrical Safety Checklist includes the following Electrical Items:
and other areas of the home.
This is not an all inclusive list.
- Test every Smoke Detector and replace the batteries as needed.
Install Smoke Detectors in required areas. Smoke Detector and Smoke Alarm Safety Tips
- GFI or Ground Fault devices or circuits should be installed where required for electrical outlets in these areas: Kitchen, Bathroom, Garage, Basement, Outdoor and any other location specified by local and national codes.
- AFCI or Arc Fault circuit protection should be installed in bedroom areas following the specified codes by your local code enforcement authority.
- Examine extension cords every year. Throw away any strands that show signs of wear.
- Fixtures should have bulbs securely and point the sockets down to avoid moisture build up.
- Follow the directions that come with lighting decorations.
- Avoid overloading wall outlets and extension cords. Use a UL-Listed Plug Strip that has Overload Circuit Protection. Cold winter weather brings with it the need for space heating equipment. Make sure these devices are UL-Listed.
- Unplug light strands before replacing any bulbs. Review the original package to verify proper wattage and voltage.
- Replace light strand fuses with the same exact rated fuse. Consult the specifications. Do not exceed the allowed number of connected strands.
- Never use electric lights or decorative ornaments on a metallic tree. Consider using colored spotlights instead.
- Consider the kitchen table as a location when using a candle. Use a sturdy, heatproof container away from anything combustible including flower arrangements. Never leave a candle burning alone and never leave children alone with candles or matches. Candles can start fires and the hot wax can burn skin. If you ever get a burn use Aloe Vera gel, it works wonders! * Adult Note: Be extra careful when mixing romance and candles, I’ve rewired a home that was totally destroyed due to an unstable candle on a nightstand. Have fun but be Safe!
- Dispose of fireplace ashes into a metal container with a lid until cold and place the container on bricks or on a heatproof surface. It could take several hours for coals to go out. Christmas vacations have been ruined when guests put ashes in a grocery bag and placed the bag on a wood deck which caught the deck on fire and the burned the home.
- After parties, check around and under sofa and chair cushions for smoldering cigarettes. (Provide lots of good size ash trays for those who need a smoke.)
Carbon Monoxide Detectors will help alert you and your family and are recommended for your home.
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- Have at least one operable Fire Extinguisher readily available.