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The Electrical Hazards Lurking In Your Home

Unfortunately, many people have a variety of electrical hazards in their homes. You might not even realize that some things in your home are putting your family members at risk. Some issues can be so easily hidden that you may have no idea the issues are even lurking in your home.

What can you do to make sure that electrical hazards are not an issue at your home? Eliminate these hazards from your home for the best results. Your family and home will be safer, and you can avoid electrical issues and fires in the future.

Hazard: Appliances Near Water

You can be easily shocked or electrocuted if electrical current makes contact with water. Appliances kept near water can lead to a fatal electrocution or shock, so it is important that you pay close attention to the placement of appliances, including hairdryers and toasters (including those that children may have access to).

Hazard: Overloading Outlets and Power Strips

If you are plugging way too much into an outlet or power strip, you could be posing an electrical or fire risk to your home or the people who use the strip. Pay close attention to how much an outlet or strip can take on, and distribute your electronics to different outlets when possible. If you must use several items in one power strip or outlet, consider unplugging them when they are not in use.

Hazard: Not Protecting Electrical Outlets

Always cover electrical outlets you are not using, especially if you have pets or young children. Covers prevent somebody from accidentally shocking or electrocuting themselves, and they should always be part of your standard childproofing package. There is also no harm in using these covers all the time to prevent debris and pets from messing with outlets.

Hazard: Outdated Wiring

Faulty and outdated wiring in your home is also very dangerous. If you suspect that your home has not had an electrical inspection in years, now is the best time to make an appointment with a professional who can take a look at potential dangers in your home.

Hazard: Trying to DIY

Do not try to do your own electrical work if you do not have experience or skills in this area. You could badly injure yourself, and some of those injuries can be fatal. Hire an electrical contractor to handle these issues so you can rest assured knowing your family and home are safe.

For more information, reach out to a local electrical contractor.