Electrical Safety

Home electrical hazards can include everything from frayed wires and wire management to overloaded power strips and ungrounded outlets. Without the proper attention and care, electrical hazards could cause property damage, personal harm, or even start fires that endanger lives. Following these tips will help you stay safe from electrical hazards.

Electrical Safety Guidelines

  • 1 Never use electric appliances or equipment that have frayed wires.
  • 2 Do not overload extension cords or power strips.
  • 3 Purchase a longer extension cord, rather than plugging extension cords into each other to extend their reach.
  • 4 Inspect cords and wires regularly for damage such as bare wires and loose connections.
  • 5 Avoid using staples and nails on wires and cords, as they can damage insulation.
  • 6 Always assume that exposed wires and circuits are live until tested safely.
  • 7 Switches or outlets that are warm, show dark spots, or make unusual noises should be inspected immediately, as these things may indicate faulty wiring.
  • 8 When building or remodeling, hire a certified professional electrician to complete all electrical work according to federal, state, and local codes.

Electrical Safety Checklist

  • All wires and cords are in good repair.
  • Extension cords are the right length for the job.
  • Outlets and power strips are not overloaded.
  • Exposed wires and potentially faulty switches and outlets have been inspected and approved or fixed by a certified professional.