7 Easy Steps to Electrical Safety | Midway Services

Posted on: July 26, 2016

Electrical safety in the Tampa Bay area is a major concern to many governmental agencies as well as homeowners. Electrical fires are the major cause of property damage in the United States. Add to that the number of injuries and deaths caused by electricity, and you have a very serious problem.

Safety around the home is relatively simple and revolves around some common sense steps we can take to minimize our exposure to electrical shock and damage.

  1. Always pull on the plug not the cord when disconnecting electrical devices from outlets. Pulling on the cord will weaken the connection to the plug and may result in serious injury.
  2. If your device has a 3-prong plug, make sure it is plugged into a 3-prong outlet. Never remove the grounding prong to make the plug fit into the outlet or extension cord.
  3. If you are constantly using extension cords, you may want to add wall outlets and circuits to accommodate the electrical requirements in that area of the house. Continuing use of extension cords is not a good long-term solution.
  4. Check cords regularly – especially cords that are plugged and unplugged frequently. Inspect all electrical cords for cracks, exposed wires or other damage. Never crimp a cord or run it under heavy furniture.
  5. Check electrical devices for problems. If you notice any overheating or smoke coming from a device, it’s time to go shopping for a replacement device. If the cord becomes very hot to the touch, it’s time for a replacement. If you receive even a very faint electrical shock from the device, it’s a danger sign of bigger problems to come.
  6. Never use electrical appliances near water. Water and electricity are a deadly combination.
  7. Use GFI outlets outdoors or in any area that is moist or near water. These are specialized outlets that are designed to provide an extra level of safety in your Tampa Bay area home.
  8. If a power line is down near your home, stay away from the area and call 911. Never handle any downed wire.

Finally, it is a good idea to have the electrical experts at Midway Services conduct a home electrical safety inspection on a regular basis to detect problems.

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