Electrical faults are responsible for more than twenty-eight-thousand home fires every year in the United States, according to Electrical Safety Foundation International. These fires kill and injure hundreds of people and cause more than $700 million in damage. This is why it’s so important to improve electrical safety in your home this spring.
1. Repair Damaged Power Cords
If faulty cords and cables create an electrical spark, it could result in a fire. Therefore, make sure you check your cords for signs of wear and tear this spring, and replace them immediately if there is any damage.
2. Protect Children and Pets From Electrical Outlets
Exposed electrical sockets can pose a significant safety hazard for children and pets. Tamper-resistant outlets provide you with the peace of mind you need. Mister Sparky Electric can install these special outlets in your home, so you have one less thing to worry about.
3. Check Your Smoke Detectors
Smoke detectors save lives. However, you need to check these devices on a regular basis and make sure they are still working properly. This spring, inspect your smoke detectors and replace the batteries inside these items.
If your smoke detectors malfunction, call in a professional immediately. Mister Sparky specializes in fire safety equipment installation and repair and even offers emergency service to bring your home up to safety standards.
4. Keep Flammable Materials Away From Electric Lights
Light bulbs can produce an electrical spark when positioned next to flammable materials like wood chips and pine needles. If you plan to install electrical lights in your yard this spring, bear this in mind.
5. Keep Electrical Appliances Away From Water
Toasters, kettles, smart speakers — you can find electrical appliances like these in almost every home in the U.S. Always keep your appliances away from water, though. Most electrical accidents in the home occur when people use electrical appliances near water, according to Alliant Energy.
Follow the five electrical safety tips above in order to protect you and your family this spring. Repairing damaged power cords, investing in cable cord and plug socket covers, testing your smoke detectors, keeping flammable materials away from electric lights, and moving appliances away from water can save lives.
Want to find out more about safeguarding your home this spring? Contact Mister Sparky right now.