About a third of all injuries happen at home, and some of the most common ones are often preventable. Although most indoor accidents are minor, National Safety Month in June is a prime time to take preventive measures to avoid some common issues.
While some of the most common causes of home injuries are falls, toxins, and suffocation by ingested objects or smoke inhalation, electrical problems can be the culprit of indoor accidents as well – causing everything from falls to electrocution to fires.
In honor of National Safety Month, Mister Sparky Electrical is encouraging consumers to run safety checks of electrical systems to help keep the home safe and in good working condition.&
Here are some helpful tips from our electricians to get you started:
- Falls are one of the leading causes of injury and death in the home. Check your home for potential tripping hazards, especially including electrical cords that cross walkways. If cords must cross high traffic areas, invest in a “cord cover” (available at most home stores) to hide the cord and minimize tripping hazards.
- Don’t forget the less obvious contributors to falls as well, such as poor lighting. A basic nightlight is usually less than $5, but can help illuminate tricky areas. And for those who want something more upscale, there are numerous LED lighting options and motion-sensing models for indoor and out.
- When an appliance repeatedly trips a circuit breaker, blows a fuse, makes your lights flicker while in use or gives you a shock, something is wrong. Immediately unplug the appliance and discontinue use. Ignoring the problem could potentially become a fire or safety hazard, so consider calling an electrician to inspect your electrical system.
- Using outlet covers, child safety wall plates or tamper-resistant outlets are all affordable options to help keep kids safe from electrocution. Each year approximately 2,400 children are injured from inserting household objects into electrical outlets.
- Homes with aging electrical systems are at an increased risk for electrical fires. If your house fits any of the following criteria, have your electrical system inspected by a qualified professional:
- It’s more than 40 years old
- It’s previously-owned
- It’s undergone a major renovation
- You’ve installed new major appliances within last 10 years
Call a Mister Sparky electrician today to learn about our special National Safety Month offers and discover more safety tips and measures you can take to prevent hazards from causing injuries.