Shock accidents are far too common.
In fact, according to the Electrical Safety Foundation International, there are over 30,000 nonfatal, electrical shock accidents each and every year. Luckily, if you know how to protect yourself, electrical shocks are fairly easy to prevent. With just a little bit of knowledge, you can protect yourself from electrical shocks. The following is a list of tips from our electrician in Cincinnati, OH to help prevent electrical shock:
#1. Don’t overload your outlets or power strips.
Overwhelmed and overloaded power strips and outlets can lead to a wide variety of electrical problems, including electrical fires, blown fuses and overheating. Extension cords should only be used as temporary measures, and if you find yourself needing extension cords all the time, you may want to think about having new outlets installed.
#2. Install GFCIs (ground fault circuit interrupter outlets).
GFCIs cut off the flow of electricity when a trip or an imbalance occurs in the circuit. They are especially important in areas of your home where your outlets could easily come into contact with water, like your bathroom or kitchen. Make sure that you test your GFCIs regularly to ensure that they are working properly.
#3. Keep your electrical devices far away from any possible contact with water.
It is important that you don’t leave any of your electrical devices or appliances where they could fall into or come in contact with water. This includes bathroom sinks and bathtubs, kitchen counters and, if your basement is prone to flooding, on the floor in your basement.
Learn about more tips to help prevent electrical shocks when you stay tuned for our next blog.