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Home Safety 101: The Electricity Course

Welcome to the Electricity Safety Course, brought to by your friends here at G & S Heating, Cooling, & Electric. In today’s course you’ll learn:

  1. Basic electrical safety tips
  2. How to protect your home against electrical emergencies

You want to be sure that all of the electrical components in your home are safe, and there are plenty of things that you can do around your home to ensure the safety of your appliances, your home, and most importantly, you and your family. If you wish to learn more, you’ve come to the right spot. Below, we have provided our comprehensive guide to electrical safety in the hopes that our valued customers will benefit from our favorite tips and tricks.

So, what are you waiting for? Keep reading below! 

Safety First!

Here is a list of electrical safety “rules” that every homeowner should follow:

  1. Put safety caps on all your unused outlets: Uncapped outlets can be quite intriguing for the toddlers and children in your home, so it is important that these exposed outlets are covered to ensure safety.
  2. Replace or repair damaged power cords: Exposed wiring can be quite dangerous and it is often overlooked. If you notice that the protective coating on any of your wires has worn away, be sure to have it replaced or repaired promptly.
  3. Do not overload your outlets: Each outlet in your home is designed to output a certain amount of electricity. If you plug in too many electronics at once, you could overload the circuits. When there is too much electrical current flowing through a circuit, the conductors may start to heat up, thus presenting the danger of fire.
  4. Avoid extension cords: Though extensions chords are great for plugging appliances into hard-to-reach outlets, they can pose a risk to your electrical system. The longer the wire is, the harder it is for electrical currents to travel, forcing the outlet to work harder than they’re supposed to. This can cause them to overheat and possibly lead to fires if you aren’t careful.
  5. Keep electrical appliances away from water: Even a small amount of water can cause electrocution if it comes into contact with an electrical current.
  6. Use the correct wattage lightbulbs: It is important that the lightbulbs you are using are not above the recommended wattage for the lamp or socket, as it can damage the bulb or the socket.

How to Prevent Electrical Emergencies:

There are a number of ways that electrical emergencies can be avoided in your home:

  1. Know the signs of a problem: It is important to be aware of the signs that suggest there is an issue with your electrical system. Beware of the following:
    • Flickering lights
    • Frequent circuit breaker tripping
    • Hot spots
  2. Call for repairs: If you notice any of the signs of an issue, it is important that you contact a professional electrician in Marysville, WA right away. Prompt repairs are required to prevent the problem from growing worse or dangerous.
  3. Schedule regular maintenance: Annual preventative maintenance is perhaps the best way to prevent electrical emergencies. Your electrician will thoroughly inspect your electrical system and make repairs and adjustments as necessary.

To schedule your electric services, contact the professionals at G & S Heating, Cooling, & Electric. 

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