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Home Improvement  /  November 14, 2019

Electrical Safety 101: How to Avoid Electric Shocks at Home

If you’ve ever been electrically shocked, then you’ll know that it’s perhaps one of the least pleasant experiences. If you’re not careful enough, you can experience electric shock even when you’re at home. The good news? This unfortunate fate can be avoided.

Update Your Electrical Outlets

Newer technologies tend to have higher electricity requirements, which your outdated outlets might not be able to provide. Electrical shock can occur when you try to plug in an appliance that requires a slightly higher electrical power than your current outlets can provide. Switch out your two-prong outlets for three-pronged outlets that are up to code.

Cover Outlet Plugs

This is one of the simplest ways to prevent electric shock accidents from happening, especially if you live with children. There are even newer outlets with safety features that block and open the plugs depending on whether they are in use or not.

Don’t Overload Electrical Outlets

Avoid overloading your electrical outlets by only plugging in appliances (major or otherwise) one at a time. This tip also applies to extension cords.

Avoid Water

Keep in mind that water and electricity don’t mix so make sure to dry your hands before touching or even going near an electrical outlet.

Don’t DIY

If you’re seeing sparks flying out of your electrical outlets, shut off the power from the circuit breaker in the breaker panel. Don’t attempt to inspect the outlet, especially if you don’t have the right tools for the job. Don’t touch the outlet, and call a trusted electrical technician immediately.

Handyman Connection® of Grapevine values your safety and comfort. If you’re in need of any electrical services, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at (817) 527-3600. We’ll be more than glad to assist you in any way we can.

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