In recent years, electrical faults and malfunctions have been the second leading cause of home fires in the United States. But tragically, they account for the most deaths and property damage. As your partners in precautionary measures, we have identified five ways to reduce the risk of electric fire and electric shock. Explore our safety tips for electrical outlets today.
When it comes to optimizing electrical outlet performance, include powerful ideas:
1. Updates your points of sale. If your home still has a two-socket electrical outlet, it's time to make a change. Update to three-point or earth fault circuit breaker (GFCI). GFCI sockets are designed for safety and save you from electric shock. They constantly monitor the electricity flowing through a circuit and they will cut off the power if the outlet comes in contact with water or other detectable hazards. Install them in bathrooms, kitchens, garages and basements. All outdoor outlets should also be GFCI.
2. Check cables and lids regularly. Before connecting it, check it out. Cords that are damaged in any way should be replaced immediately ̵
3. Do not overload an outlet. How much electricity does your home have to offer? Believe it or not, there is actually an answer. If you have ever turned on a hair dryer, started vacuuming or blowing up a heater, just to turn it off (or the power to that area), you have tried to use more electricity than you could. Fortunately, switches can usually rely on triggering such a shutdown. But it is more effective to prevent congestion on your own. To avoid overloading a socket …
- Connect larger appliances to their own wall socket.
- Do not turn on too many items at once. (For example, if you vacuum the living room, turn off the TV during that time.)
- Use energy-efficient LED or CFL bulbs.
- Ask an electrician to install additional outlets.
4. Disconnect the cables slowly and safely. When you are done with something, grab the bottom of the plug and pull slowly. It can be tempting to pull, but if you are at a distance or at an angle, it can actually break wires, bend plugs or damage the outlet itself. These risks are just not worth it. (Bonus reading: 7 electronics to disconnect during a storm.)
5. Child safety stores. If you are a parent, it does not matter how many toys your children have. For curious little ones, electrical outlets are often more exciting. This is precisely why electrical outlet safety is so important. Protect your child by buying plugs with plastic sticks. They fit snugly inside the outlet, which means that children do not have access to them. And for your convenience, they are easy to remove for adults. A cost-saving tip is to buy these plugs in bulk at a cheaper price per unit. (Just in case.)
For more ways to protect your house, check out, How to Prevent Fire in the House: 7 Tips to Spark Security. Then talk to your local, independent agent about home insurance options and available discounts for smoke detectors and alarm systems.