May is National Electrical Safety Month! So at Electrical Connections we have decided to kick off the month with electrical tips to safeguard your home! According to the National Fire Protection Association an average of 51,000 electrical home structure fires occur each year, claiming almost 500 lives, injuring more than 1,400 people, and causing more than $1.3 billion in property damage. As Maryland’s Top Electricians, we believe that by providing education to the community and promoting safety tips can help to avoid residential electrical tragedies.
Below are some electrical safety tips to help bring awareness to our community as well as clear up any misconceptions.
- Avoid overloading outlets with too many electronics
- Carefully examine cords of your electronics from time to time to make sure they are not frayed or damaged
- Have outlets replaced that don’t have a secure connection or have become loose
- If an outlet feels warm or continues to trip while using it, then shut off the breaker and call your local electrician
- When it comes to using lamps, make sure you are using the recommended bulb wattage
- Always cover outlets when you have babies and toddlers in your home
- Keep lights on a surface away from flammable objects
- If you are not using electronics that are plugged in, then remove them from an outlet
- Keep your cords safe by pulling from the plug and never yanking on the cord
Education is key to keeping your home safe. While some of these tips may seem like common sense, it’s always a good idea to review with kids and teenagers. This can help you and your family avoid major safety issues in your home.
For more information about electrical safety or to take advantage of our residential electrical inspections, contact us today so you can schedule an appointment with our customer care representative!