If there is one area of home maintenance and DIY that you should be avoid, it’s electrical work. Electricity is a powerful tool we all relish, giving us the quality of life we enjoy. But even a small mistake when wiring or not understanding the latest electrical codes can cause serious injury or damage. Don’t risk your own life or that of your family or your homes structure on DIY electrical work. For Northern Virginia electric services, leave it up to the experts at Eastern Tech.
Checking to be sure there isn’t any issue with your wiring and outlets is something a homeowner can do. Here are some electrical safety tips that are safe and easy to check without the help of an expert.
*Routinely check your electrical appliances for cuts and breaks in their cords. Replace any appliance that has a bad cord, overheats, shorts out or gives off smoke or sparks.
*Never overload extension cords or wall sockets with too many appliances. If you need more electrical outlets, have them installed.
*Make sure any outlets near water – such as the kitchen, bathrooms, laundry room, the garage or outdoor circuits – are GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) outlets. A GFCI outlet will automatically disconnect power when a plugged in electric appliance comes in contact with water.
*Wiring should never be exposed from behind outlet and switch cover plates. Make sure your outlets have outlet covers throughout the entire house including the basement and garage.
* Never try to extinguish an electrical fire with water. Make sure you have approved fire extinguishers in your kitchen, garage and laundry room.