If there’s one thing you don’t want to mess with in your home, it’s your electrical work. After all, it’s one thing to fiddle around with your plumbing and get water all over the floor, but it’s another to mess with wires and get yourself electrocuted or start a fire. In order to keep you and your family safe, these are the electrical safety tips you absolutely must know.
Electrical Safety Tips You Absolutely Must Know
Listen to Your Breaker
If your breaker trips right after you reset it, something’s wrong. Rather than continuing to reset it, listen to your breaker, and have it checked.
Don’t Fight When You Should Flee
Some fires might be able to be put out easily, but others aren’t. Don’t play the hero — if an electrical fire is getting out of control, get out of the house, and call 911.
Don’t Throw Water onto Electrical Fires
Water conducts electricity, so throwing it onto an electrical fire can actually cause the fire to grow. Use a chemical fire extinguisher instead.
Know How to Use a Fire Extinguisher
You may think this sounds silly, but most people don’t know how or forget how to use a fire extinguisher in the heat (ahem) of the moment. Follow the P.A.S.S. method:
- Pull the safety pin.
- Aim the nozzle at the base of the fire.
- Squeeze the handle.
- Sweep the nozzle side to side until the fire’s out.
Don’t Use Frayed Wires
Frayed or damaged electrical wires are a recipe for disaster. Replace any damaged electrical cords on appliances, electrical fixture, or extension outlets.
All the electrical safety tips in the world won’t keep you safe if your actual electric work isn’t in good condition. No matter the size of the problem, Ace Solves It All is here to help. We offer comprehensive solutions and products for the home, including wiring, lighting, circuit breakers, surge protectors, and smoke detectors. For more information or to schedule a service, call us at (407) 850-4900.