Electricity is an incredible source of clean energy and we often take the benefits of electrical appliances, lighting and medical equipment for granted. There is a danger, however, of being so familiar with electricity that a person forgets basic safety practices, a mistake which can result in serious injuries or even death. Captain Electric, a licensed Salt Lake City electrician, is a family owned business that has been providing service in the Salt Lake City UT area for 30 years, and they’d like to share the following electrical safety tips.
- Install ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlets. Water and electricity don’t mix, and a GFCI outlet should be installed in every room of your Salt Lake City home where water poses a potential danger, including the bathroom, kitchen and any area with a pool or hot tub. Large appliances, like a refrigerator cannot use a GFCI outlet, but these are a great choice on counters near the sink.
- Do you have ongoing problems with breakers switching off when too many electrical appliances are turned on at the same time?If so, you should probably have an electrician in Salt Lake City do an assessment of your property. Homes that were built in the 1980’s or earlier were not designed for the number of electrical items most households currently have including multiple televisions, computers, games, and appliances. It could be that you need an additional electrical breaker installed.
- Take a look at your outlets in various rooms. Are you using adaptors and extension cords because you don’t have enough outlets?This can be a serious fire hazard but is an easy problem to solve, and a Salt Lake City electrician, Captain Electric, would be happy to give you an estimate on the cost of installing additional outlets to meet your energy needs.
- Make certain all of your outlets have outlet covers – even those in the garage. These are available for a low cost at any hardware store in your area.
- Make certain you examine your electrical cords periodically and discard any which are frayed or do not fit snuggly into an outlet. Never, ever use staples to secure a cord in place and don’t hide your cords under a carpeted area where people will walk over them and you will not be able to survey any wear and tear. Any Salt Lake City electrician can tell you about the needless home fires started as a result of faulty cords.
- Do you have lights which flicker and go out periodically?Do you have an outlet which only works occasionally?If so, you may have an electrical short. Instead of taking chances with your safety, have a licensed electrician in Salt Lake City UT come do a safety check up on your home. Things wear out, including wiring, and new safety devices have been designed over the years, and a check up will let you know if your home is the safe haven you want to provide for your family.
- Do not use water to douse an electrical fire. Instead make certain you have approved fire extinguishers in your kitchen, garage and laundry room. Also show everyone in the family where the breakers are so they can manually turn them off if a fire occurs.
- Never use bulbs that have higher wattage than recommend for the lamp or light fixture.
Following these simple guidelines will help keep your family safe. If you do find that you need to upgrade or repair your electrical breaker box, outlets or wiring, don’t attempt to do this yourself unless you are a trained electrician. Salt Lake City UT building codes have changed over the years as products and procedures have improved and you need an electrician in Salt Lake City who not only has the expertise to conduct the repairs but also knows the current electrical codes. Feel free to call Captain Electric of Salt Lake City UT with any questions or concerns you may have about your home’s electrical safety.