Electrical Safety Tips for Springtime

Daylight Savings Time is around the corner and its time to spring forward! The spring cleaning is a perfect opportunity to ensure your home’s electrical safety devices are functional.

Did you know that smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors around your home should be checked once a month? A recent national survey conducted by Mister Sparky suggests that homeowners are not testing their home safety devices as often as they should be. The survey found that:

41% of homeowners say they test their smoke alarms each month
34% don’t check smoke alarms monthly or replace the alarm every 10 years, as recommended by the National Fire Protection Association
66% of homeowners have a working carbon monoxide detector
43% of homeowners in the south do not have a working carbon monoxide detector
A higher percentage of households with children (71%) have a working carbon monoxide detector

The National Fire Protection Association recommends that smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are installed outside each bedroom and sleeping area and the alarms are interconnected so when one alarm sounds they all sound. They also recommend these are tested at least once a month and replaced every ten years.[2] While our survey results found many people are following the safety recommendations, many others are not. If you need installation help, call a licensed and qualified electrical professional. For more information on electrical safety issues for homeowners contact us.

Mister Sparky® of Tulsa, America’s On-Time Electrician services the Tulsa metro area with a team of licensed electricians. In addition to emergency electrical repairs, some of the electrician services provided by the company include: electrical outlet/switch repair, ceiling fan installation, lighting installation, residential wiring repair, landscape lighting installation and home electrical inspections. Call us today at (918) 205-6448 to schedule an appointment!

[1] The survey was conducted online by Research Now with 1,000 consumers. All are 18 years of age or older, a head of household, homeowners and participate in the decision-making process about the electrical systems in their homes. The data was collected between October 21 and 26, 2015.

[2] http://www.nfpa.org/safety-information/safety-tip-sheets