Have you had a chance to read our last blog yet? If you have, then you already know that outlet safety is a big deal. Every day kids all over the US are sent to the hospital for treatment of burns and shocks related to electrical outlets. We also talked about one very effective way to remedy this problem, installing tamper resistant receptacles. The following is a list of a few more electrical outlet safety tips from our talented electrician in Cincinnati, Ohio:
- Don’t plug too many things into your outlets- Overloading your outlets may seem like a minor mistake, but it can lead to an incredibly dangerous situation. Overloaded outlets can lead to electrical fires, so don’t plug everything into one of two outlets. Get extension cords of surge protectors if you need more outlet space. As a general rule of thumb, you should avoid plugging more than two appliances into a single outlet, and major appliances, like washing machines, dishwashers, refrigerators, etc. need their own outlets.
- Keep outlets properly covered- If your outlet cover is damaged or gone completely, it is important to replace it as soon as you can. If your outlets aren’t properly covered, it could allow dust to enter your electrical system.
- Utilize ground fault circuit interrupter outlets (GFCIs)- GFCIs work by cutting off electricity when there is a trip in the circuit or an imbalance. This is especially important in hazardous areas, like the kitchen, the bathroom or an unfinished basement.
Keep your family safe and avoid an electrical fire by following the above tips. To learn about the warning signs of an overload in your electrical system, please stay tuned for our next blog.