If you are subscribed to newsletters or emails from any major electronics store, you have experienced firsthand the rapid advancement of technology over the past few years. Smart technology has evolved past our phone and thermostat to incorporate practically every aspect of our daily life. From entertainment to fitness, technology powers our lives.
May is National Electrical Safety Month, and United Power is joining with the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI)to raise awareness about potential home electrical hazards and the importance of electrical safety. Safely managing electronic tools and toys may not cross our minds as we walk around with water resistant phones and watches, but improperly managing electronics can be dangerous. Staying aware of a few simple things can keep you and your family safe from electrical hazards.
United Power offers the following tips to help identify and eliminate electrical hazards to protect yourself, your family, and your home:
- Overloaded electrical circuits are a major cause of residential fires. Lower your risk of electrical fires by not overloading your home’s electrical system.
- Light bulbs come in a variety of wattages, and lamps work with specific watts. Only use light bulbs that meet (or are below) the maximum wattage listed on the lamp or fixture. Consider investing in LEDs, which use fewer watts while outputting the same amount of light and cost less to operate. Exceeding the wattage limit can cause overheating and potential fire hazards.
- Extension cords should not be used as a permanent solution. Contact a licensed electrician to install additional outlets.
- Never use electrical cords that feel warm to the touch or are damaged or frayed in any way.
- Frequently tripped circuit breakers and blown fuses are a clear warning sign of faulty electrical wiring. Contact a licensed electrician for an inspection.
- Be prepared, just in case. Smoke alarms should be installed in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home. Remember to test once a month!
Find out more about how to stay safe around electricity from ESFI.