More than 30,000 non-fatal shock accidents occur every year, according to the Electrical Safety Foundation International. They originate from various sources, including faulty switches and outlets, loose connections and short circuits which, if ignored, could cause a fire or electrocution.
This problem, however, can be prevented as long as you know what to look for and what to avoid. With the help of a licensed electrician and some basic knowledge, you can protect yourself from potential electrical shock and your home from fire damage.
Take Note of the Light Bulb Socket’s Voltage
Before inserting a light bulb, first check the socket for the recommended maximum wattage, and make sure the light bulb you’re using has equal or lesser wattage. This prevents the lamp wiring from going over its capacity, causing the light bulb to break and create a short circuit.
Observe Safety Precautions When Handling Extension and Power Cords
Extension cords present a tripping hazard, so see to it that they’re kept out of the way when your using them. When storing power cords, don’t let them get knotted or twisted; otherwise, they may become damaged to the point that the wiring is exposed. Keep them out of the reach of small children and pets.
Prevent Electrical Water Damage
Electrical contractors always remind homeowners of this one piece of advice, and it bears repeating—don’t let water come into contact with your electrical devices. When using an electrical appliance, be sure to store and use them away from water. If it falls into a sink accidentally, immediately turn off the power.
Fix or Replace Damaged Fixtures
Fix or replace fixtures that frequently spark or have frayed wiring. Ensure stable electrical connections by checking your switches and outlets. They wear down over time with constant use and must be replaced as soon as you notice wear.
Of course, you should always turn to your local electrician if a job is beyond the scope of your capabilities. As one of the leading residential and commercial electrical contractors in the area, Bailey & Shipp Electric is committed to completing the work properly and safely. Call us today at (410) 927-8606 or fill out our contact form to request an appointment or service. We serve residents in Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia, VA.