Our lives run almost entirely on electricity, but how much do we really know about electrical safety? According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, there are about 31,000 electrical fires every year, many of which could’ve easily been avoided with timely safety measures.
NFPA notes that about 69 percent of electrical fires in homes are caused due to faulty or damaged wiring, which is something that can easily be spotted and rectified in an electrical safety inspection.
Here are a few electrical components you should check around your house every now and then:
Electricity Outlets and Switches
Use all your senses to see if all the outlets and switches are in perfect working order:
- Watch closely to see if there is any discoloration;
- Touch to see if the outlet feels warm;
- Listen closely and make a note of any unusual crackling sounds;
- Do you smell any unusual burning smells?
All of these are signs of a burning outlet or electrical wire lurking out of sight; get it fixed with all haste.
If you have lots of electrical cords running around the house, that’s a safety hazard in itself. Make sure you have enough electrical outlets and minimal wires under carpets and through doorways.
Also, ensure that all the wires are in perfect condition, not cracked or loose. If they are even slightly damaged, they should be replaced.
Since our homes are running on an endless range of electrical appliances, it’s important to regularly check and keep these in order.
The first step to maintenance is cleaning them, especially ovens and exhaust hoods, make sure they are free of any combustibles. Additionally, you should inspect and clean the coils on the back of your refrigerator as that can act as a fire hazard as well.