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5 Electrical Safety Tips
You Should Know for your Home
1. Replace or repair damaged power cords
Exposed wiring is a danger that cannot go overlooked, the NFPA wrote. If you see the protective coating on a
wire is stripped away, be sure to replace it or cover it
with electrical tape as soon as possible.
2. Don’t overload your outlets
Every outlet in your home is designed to deliver a
certain amount of electricity; by plugging too many
devices into it at once, you could cause a small
explosion or a fire. If you have a lot of things to plug in,
use a power strip (an energy saving one of course!) that
can safely accommodate your needs.
3. Avoid extension cords as much as possible
Running extension cords through the house can trip up
residents; this can cause injury and damage to the wire or
outlet if it causes the cord to be ripped out of the wall. If
you find yourself using extension cords very often,
consider having an electrician install new outlets
throughout your home.
4. Keep electrical equipment or outlets away from water
Water conducts electricity, so even the slightest exposure
to this dangerous mix can lead to injury. Make sure you
wipe up any spills to ensure that plugs don’t get wet.
5. Protect small children from hazards
Toddlers and small children are very curious– and they
love to explore just about everything. Parents of small
children should put tamper-resistant safety caps on all
unused electrical outlets. In addition, all loose cords
should be tidied up and put out of reach to avoid kids
tugging on them.