Your house's electrical system is important to your daily life. But it's also easy to overlook or take for granted. You simply turn on the lights or the television and just expect everything to work properly. But your house's electrical system needs regular maintenance just like any other part of your house if you expect it to continue doing its job properly. To that end, here are some electrical safety tips to keep in mind if you want to keep your family safe and keep your electrical system running without issue.
Be Careful When Removing a Plug from a Socket
Have you ever wanted to unplug an electronics device but you didn't feel like getting up from your seat to go over to the wall and pull the plug out? If so, you might have just tried yanking on the cord from across the room. While this does remove the plug, it does it in a way that will cause additional wear and tear on the cord. Continuing unplugging in this manner and your cords will eventually become frayed or worn out, and that could be a safety issue.
Try Not to Run Cords Under the Carpet
In order to keep electrical cords out of sight, some homeowners choose to run them underneath the carpet. While this can keep your living room from becoming an eyesore, it could also result in a dangerous situation. If any of those cords you are running are frayed, being underneath the carpet could create the perfect conditions for a fire hazard. Consider moving your electrical cords so that they are no longer under the carpet. If you must run cords in this way, make sure you examine the cords at least once a month and swap out any cords that look like they are starting to get worn out.
Don't Overload Your Fixtures or Wall Sockets
When swapping out light bulbs in your light fixtures, be sure to use the correct wattage when purchasing and screwing in a new bulb. Putting in a bulb with too much wattage in a fixture not designed to handle that amount could lead to a problem. You should also be aware of just how much power you are trying to get out of any given wall socket or power strip. Try to space your electronics throughout the house and don't overload any particular area of the house.
For best results, get your house's electrical system inspected by an electrical contrator once per year.