Home Electrical Safety: 5 Tips for DIYers

If there are two things in a home that we all should be very careful in handling ourselves, it would have to be our plumbing and our electricity. That’s because, even with all of the DIY information that is available over the internet, if we happen to make a mistake, it could end up either being physically hazardous or extremely expensive to repair.

That doesn’t mean that there aren’t some preventative measures that you can take to make sure that your home is secure. So, in order to help you protect your home from electrical problems, we’ve provided you with five electrical safety tips below:

Do not put water on an electrical fire. Have you ever heard someone say that you shouldn’t go fishing during a lighting storm? That’s because electrical currents and water are not a good mix. In fact, what water actually does is conduct electricity. So, we’re sure you can see why it’s not a good idea to pour water on an electrical fire. You’re better off using a Class C fire extinguisher or, if it’s a minor fire, throwing a safety blanket on top of it in order to smother the fire.

Pay attention to your breaker. There is a really simple thing that you can do in order to see if you have an electrical problem. If your breaker trips immediately after you reset it, that is one way to know for sure that you have some kind of an electricity issue inside of your house. If this happens, call an electrician over as soon as possible.

Inspect your ceiling fans. Something that is beautiful to look at and also keeps the rooms inside of our house cooler are ceiling fans. But if when you turn yours on and you notice that it wobbles, that’s a red flag. It could be due to a simple non-electrical issue like it’s out of balance or it could be related to an electrical problem. For instance, you may have inadvertently installed it on top of a box that actually does not support ceiling fans. Either way, you should dismantle it to check and see.

Don’t ignore lights that flicker. If you were to consult with an electricity company likeĀ 123 Electric Service about something that you should look out for in order to keep your home safe, something that they would probably recommend is that you shouldn’t ignore any lights that flicker throughout your home. Here’s why: When lights are flickering, it indicates that either there is a loose wiring splice or the lighting fixture is wearing out and therefore, needs to be replaced. Either way, it’s definitely not something that you should ignore.

Replace extension cords. There are a lot of us who will admit that we have at least one extension cord that has some electrical tape wrapped around it or has some loose ends on it. The problem with both of those things is that they are signs of cords having wear and tear that could prove to be hazardous. It’s best to either cut off the damaged portions or better yet, replace the cords entirely. You can find extension cords at your local home improvement store. For more information, visit Home Depot or Lowe’s.

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