Maintaining your home’s electric system doesn’t take much work, but the effort you put in could help prevent unexpected breakdowns. Here are just a few simple ways you could protect your electrical system and keep it in good condition.
Avoid overloading the circuits
If one electrical outlet is powering too many appliances through the use of extension cords and multi-plug adaptors, the circuits may overload and overheat, potentially causing an electrical fire. Avoid extended use of extension cords and multi-plugs. If you don’t have enough power outlets, call Blue Apple Electric for electric outlet installation. Generally, your home should have at least one power outlet for every 12 feet of wall space.
Check the power cords and outlets
Faulty electrical cords and outlets could potentially result in house fires and electrocution. To prevent this, check for cracks in the plastic outlet covers, frayed wires, and any other unusual signs.
Also be sure to keep cords away from water sources and high traffic areas, to avoid creating a tripping hazard.
Follow safe maintenance and repairs practices
When doing repairs on your home’s electrical system or appliances, adhere to the following safety recommendations:
- Unplug devices or appliances before inspecting, repairing, or cleaning
- Use the proper safety tools
- Never use a metal ladder
- When working outside, only use outdoor cords
- Use plastic outlet protectors to cover unused outlets, especially if there are small children in the home
Check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
It’s a good idea to test smoke detectors once a month and replace carbon monoxide detectors every five years. Avoid dealing with the low battery beeping sound by taking proactive steps to replace broken units and batteries before running into an emergency.
Invest in a backup generator or whole house surge protector
A power surge could harm devices and appliances, from your smartphone and television, to the refrigerator and washing machine. A whole-house surge protector will ensure the home’s electronics are protected. A backup generator, on the other hand, could be useful in case of a power outage.
Inspect outdoor outlet covers
Check to make sure the outlets have not been damaged by water or dirt. Before cleaning them, be sure to shut off power to the electrical system. Or, call Blue Apple Electric for professional service.