electrical safety

Electrical safety is something we take very seriously at Medport Electric. Our commitment to quality means we’re unequivocally commited to safety in the home and for the businesses we serve. According to the National Fire Protection Association, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated annual average of 47,820 reported home structure fires involving electrical failure or malfunction from 2007 to 2011. These fires resulted in 455 civilian deaths, 1,518 civilian injuries and $1.5 billion in direct property damage. Our main goal with this blog is education. Our clients are all highly educated when it comes to their homes and when it comes to their family’s safety they do their due diligence. First and foremost, they become familiar with the structure of their home’s electrical system to more easily identify potential problems and faulty systems, such as broken fuses or overheated wires. We always recommend to keep the phone number for a local licensed electrician like Medport Electric easily accessible.

Practicing Electrical Safety with Light bulbs and Extension Cords

One of the easiest things you can do is make sure you securely screw in light bulbs, be cause loose light bulbs overheat and can cause a fire. Another thing many people do is use extension cords as permanent wiring solution, sometimes even stapling or nailing them in place. Long-term use of extension cords can cause accelerated deterioration of the wires and pose a serious safety hazard. Moreover, if using temporary extension cords, good practice ensures that they don’t run under carpets or rugs which can cause overheating. Remove from service any cords that are frayed, cut, missing ground prongs, or have exposed wirinThese are simple safety measures you can take to guarantee the safety of your home. Consider having additional circuits or outlets added by a qualified electrician so you do not have to use extension cords.

Electrical Safety Electronics and Appliances

To keep electronics safe, it is recommended to purchase surge suppressors with cable and phone jacks to provide protection for your home electronics like computer and TVs. Increased use of of power strips and extension cords means you may have too little electrical outlets and in that case you should have a licensed electrician install additional ones. There are some electrical safety tips you should follow in kitchens as well. Receptacles mounted face up on a counter top are dangerous and illegal. Moisture from cleaning fluids spilled on the counter can pose a real danger and could cause an accidental shock. Moreover, small appliances that are turned off can still shock you if they come in contact with water while still plugged in. That is why it’s always recommended to unplug small appliances when not in use.
Here at Medport Electric, we adhere to a strict commitment to quality and safety. We have a family too and for us it’s important to keep our family and our clients safe. Need a licenses electrician to help you make your home safer? Give us a call today! We love what we do and we love the clients we serve.