Five Electrical Safety Tips Every Homeowner Should Know
Electrical injuries and fatalities have increased at an alarming rate over the last few years. Many of these incidents occur due to the negligence on the part of the homeowners or lack of knowledge about the field of electricity.
To prevent fatal mishaps, it is best to hire a trusted electrical company to manage complex electrical work. They will make sure the electrical systems in your home adhere to safety regulations, are up to date and function properly all year-round.
At JNG Electric Ltd., we want you to help you reduce the risk of electrical accidents and keep you and your loved ones safe at all times. To ensure this happens, we have put together a list of five electrical safety tips every homeowner should know.
Tip #1: Know your electrical panel.
As late as the 1990s, faulty electrical panels were still being installed in many new homes. Brands such as Federal Pacific, ITE Pushmatic, Zinsco and GTE/Sylvania that were widely used are no longer manufacturing electrical panels. Today, if these panels were fit in your home, it would cause serious electrical problems and fire hazards to your home. Also, make sure your electrical panel does not feel unusually hot. Overheating may imply that your panel is struggling to meet your current power demands, and can be unsafe to you and your family.
Tip #2: Understand your circuit breakers.
While tripping breakers can be troublesome, more often than not, they are trying to tell you something. A tripping breaker usually indicates that you have too many appliances or gadgets connected to the same circuit. It is advisable to configure a few appliances and reset the breaker. However, if this doesn’t work and the breakers continue to trip, seek help from a qualified electrician.
Tip #3: Feel your outlets.
Electrical outlets that are warm or hot to the touch are issues that need to be given immediate attention. A warm outlet could mean that an electrical load on this circuit is too high, the wiring is melting, the wiring isn’t up to code or is loose. Also, note if the outlets don’t hold plugs, or if the outlet itself seems loose on the wall.
Replace any two-pronged outlets with newer, grounded three-pronged outlets. Any outlet near water should be switched to code-correct GFCI outlets. Call an electrician to handle these requests.
Tip #4: Learn how to use a fire extinguisher.
In case an electrical fire arises from loose connections or old appliances, you can deal with it by using a fire-retardant chemical fire extinguisher. Avoid spraying water or using a water extinguisher as it conducts electricity. To be better prepared, learn the correct way to use a fire extinguisher. It is also a good idea to keep them on each level of your home and replace them if needed.
Tip #5: Ground older appliances.
If you haven’t ground your old appliances, you are setting yourself up for a disaster. To avoid the risk of electrocution, make sure all your appliances have three-pronged plugs that can properly connect to a grounded outlet. Also, replace all kitchen appliances that have two-pronged plugs. If the outlets aren’t grounded, they should be replaced, and a new circuit should be installed.
Electrical work is challenging and can be dangerous to anyone without prior experience. Whether it is installing equipment, replacing loose wires, repairing appliances, upgrading an old panel, it is necessary to enlist the services of a professional electrician. They have undergone the necessary training and have gathered enough experience in the field before the State grants them a license.
For a renowned electrical company in Regina, SK, reach out to JNG Electric Ltd. We are a family-owned electrical company providing residential, commercial and agricultural electrical services across Saskatchewan. We are committed to providing clients with excellent customer service, fair prices, and quality work.