Electrical Precautions and Tips to Help Keep You Safe

It is extremely rare that a person doesn’t have to deal with electrical appliances today. The majority of people watch television, cook food on the stove, or use the microwave for a quick snack on a regular basis. With electricity moving through your home on a regular basis, it is important to know about a few electrical safety precautions that can help keep you and your family safe.

Avoid Using Electrical Devices that have Frayed or Damaged Wires

The thicker wires that connect your electrical device to the wall for electricity are specifically designed to move the electricity safely from the wall to the device. If the wires are damaged, frayed, or torn apart, the flow of electricity may begin to escape the wire. This can result in you being shocked if you grab the wire in that area. It may also cause an electrical fire. If you are unable to replace the wire, it is best to replace the entire appliance.

Be Careful Using Electrical Devices Near Water

If water comes in contact with an electrical outlet or with an electrical device that is plugged into the wall, it can become live and present a danger to anyone using it. If you ever experience a flood in your home, you should never step into the water if it is covering the electrical outlets. Also, don’t place your electrical appliances where they may fall into a tub or sink filled up with water.

Watch How and Where You Place the Cords that Go to Electrical Devices

Any electrical device (besides wireless ones) have some type of cord. Even the wireless devices have to be charged with a cord from time to time. It is quite common to run longer cords along your wall to get them where you need them. The issue is that you may create a tripping hazard if you run the cord across a doorway or in a heavy traffic location. Take some time to ensure cords are placed carefully and covered up by rugs to prevent trips and falls.

Always Turn Off the Power when Working on an Electric Device

You should never try to work on an electrical device while electricity is going through it. In most cases, all you have to do is unplug the device prior to working on it. However, if you are doing more extensive home repairs where you have to work on the electrical system or wiring, make sure to shut off the electricity at the breaker box. If you are unsure how to do this, then it is an indication that you should not attempt the repairs on your own.

Any time there is a serious electrical issue in your home, it is a good idea to call the professionals for help. The technicians at Teague Electric can ensure that your home remains safe and that no electrical hazards are present.