We’ve got a few things you didn’t know about electrical safety. For instance, did you know there’s an entire electrical safety awareness month?
Keep reading to discover more about this month and about how to practice better electrical safety around your home during Electrical Safety Awareness Month!
National Electrical Safety Awareness Month
National Electrical Safety Awareness Month is in the month of May. More than a month, this is a movement that is led by the Electrical Safety Foundation, and their goal is to improve electrical safety practices throughout the country and around the world.
They understand that practicing good electrical safety is just as important at school or work as it is practicing it in your own home. We should practice electrical safety all of the time, not just during National Electrical Safety Awareness Month. That’s why the Foundation tries to raise awareness about the different ways that we put our electrical safety at risk, and they offer safety tips so that we can have a safer tomorrow, starting today!
Tips for Electrical Safety
1. No Overloaded Outlets
Modern homes have more electronics than ever before. Moreover, those electronics are often clustered together, such as having several game systems running to one TV. This not only looks unsightly, but it can also lead to a real danger!
Many people with lots of electronic systems have a single outlet or an extension cord receiving all of those power plugs. This runs the risk of damaging your electric system or even causing a fire in your home. In other words, spread those plugs out for safety!
2. Replace Damaged Extension Cords
A good many people look at extension cords as an investment. You can tell because they take these things from house to house whenever they move. In fact, it’s not uncommon for parents to have extension cords that are older than their kids!
Because of this tendency, these people also try to fix the extension cord when it is damaged. This is really dangerous. If you’re not an electrician, you run the risk of being zapped next time you use the damaged cord. Just let it go and grab a new one!
3. No More Yanking
Speaking of damaging equipment, many kids (and adults, too) are guilty of yanking power cords out of the wall. Sometimes, this is because the cord is in a hard to reach place and you’re trying to get it out quickly. Other times, it’s just because yanking the cord has become a bad habit.
However, yanking the cord out puts just about everything at risk. You might do damage to the device or appliance that the plug is connected to, or you might do damage to the outlet. And it’s even possible to do damage to the power cord, meaning you’ll put the next person that uses it at risk!
4. The Joy of Unplugging
Many people discuss the idea of “unplugging” as a metaphor for getting away from relying on electronic devices. However, literal unplugging is a great habit. You should be unplugging most of your small electrical devices (such as toasters or blenders) when they are not being used.
There are several reasons for this. If your gadget gets damaged, you will have already unplugged it before attempting to fix it, saving yourself from getting zapped. And unplugging devices not in use can save power and reduce the chance of them being electrically damaged.
5. Water, Water Everywhere
This next one seems like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised. Try to keep your electronic devices far away from water. This is because most electrical accidents around the home are caused by many people using some form of electricity near water.
It can happen in many different ways. People trying to watch videos on their smartphone while taking a bath, for instance, or spilling water in the kitchen near an appliance that is plugged in (like a toaster). This kind of behavior is dangerous all around, as it is likely to damage both you and the device, and in some cases, it can put the entire house at risk!
6. Call a Pro for Wiring
Many people fashion themselves as handymen and handy women when it comes to their house. However, wiring is where you need to draw the line. You need to always call a certified electrician when you want wiring work done.
Improper wiring can range from being frustrating to being outright dangerous. And if you have problems with the wiring you tried to do yourself, it can be next to impossible to track it down on your own. Bottom line: skip the frustration and call a pro next time!