Wiring and other components of the electrical system in your home are of vital importance to everyday living. However, they can create safety hazards if they are not properly managed and maintained.
The following are five mistakes you want to avoid around your home to prevent your electrical system from creating safety hazards:
Plugging multiple heaters in at the same outlet at once
Any appliance you have that produces heat can put a lot of stress on an outlet. In the kitchen, you probably have numerous small appliances that produce heat. Some examples are toasters, coffee makers, and toaster ovens. Elsewhere in the home, you may have space heaters set up to keep your home warm during the colder months.
As a general rule, you should remember to never plug in more than one appliance that produces heat at the same outlet. This can put too much stress on the outlet and create a fire hazard.
Not putting ground fault circuit interrupters in to prevent electrocution
A ground fault circuit interrupter will automatically shut down an electrical circuit if it is at risk of creating a shock hazard. These devices should be installed in just about every room of your home to keep things safe. Even outdoor receptacles that provide power can benefit enormously from ground fault circuit interrupter protection.
Neglecting to regularly test ground fault circuit interrupters
The only way to be sure that a ground fault circuit interrupter is still working is to test it occasionally. These devices typically have a TEST button on them that allows you to easily make sure that they are able to cut off power when necessary. You can press TEST to see that the power goes out, then RESET to set the outlet back to working order.
Not taking the time to have your home inspected by an electrician when you first move in
The best time to check the condition of your home's electrical system is right when you move in. It's always a good idea to have a home you move into inspected by an electrician from a company like C & R Electric, Inc, but it's even more important if you're moving in to an older home.
Ideally, you should have your home inspected not only when you move in, but also when you have your home remodeled.
Plugging large appliances in to extension cords rather than at wall outlets
It's never a good idea to plug a large appliance in to an extension cord or power strip. These devices are not meant to transfer the amount of power that goes in to a large appliance.
Always plug large appliances in directly at wall outlets.