Of all the potential emergencies around the home that you can experience, electrical emergencies are among the most dangerous. Not only can an electrical emergency knock out the power in your home for a few hours but it might also start a fire. Luckily, it’s fairly easy to prevent electrical emergencies from happening in the first place.
In this article, Handyman Connection® of Orange County lists five different ways you can prevent electrical emergencies.
- Properly Maintain Your Electrical Appliances – It’s important that you properly maintain your electrical appliances and prevent dust and grime from gathering on them. Dust and grime can eventually lead to a malfunction or fire in your home. By keeping your appliances clean, you can ensure that they will operate safely and effectively.
- Don’t Use a Damaged Extension Cord – Never use a damaged extension cord for your electronic devices. Doing so can increase the risk of an electrical fire breaking out in your home.
- Install Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI) – Consider installing GFCIs around your home, especially in the kitchen, bathroom and outdoor areas. That way, you can ensure that water and electricity do not meet, preventing dangerous electrical issues.
- Unplug Appliances That You Don’t Use – If you’re no longer using some of your electrical appliances, be sure to unplug them. By doing so, not only will you reduce the risk of an electrical emergency but you’ll also be able to save money on energy and reduce your carbon footprint.
- Don’t Attempt a DIY – Never try a DIY project on your electrical system. Doing so can result in an electrical emergency that can injure you and cause problems for your home at the same time. Instead, hire a licensed electrician so you can minimize the risk of mistakes.
Make your search for home improvement experts easier by turning to Handyman Connection of Orange County, the leading contractor to approach when it comes to electrical and remodeling services. Give us a call at (714) 288-0077 or fill out our contact form to request an estimate.