As a homeowner, you know that maintenance is a top priority if you want to keep your home in excellent condition. While some maintenance is aesthetic, maintaining your electrical system is a matter of safety. This electrical safety checklist is designed to help you keep your family and property safe.
Schedule a Yearly Appointment
One of the best ways to ensure that your electrical system is in excellent shape is to schedule an annual Full Home Safety Inspection from your electrical professional team, Piper Electric. This yearly checkup gives the homeowner peace of mind as well as electrical needs that may need to be addressed sooner than later. Keep in mind that there are thousands of fires and injuries, and hundreds of deaths that are due to homeowners who lack safety knowledge about electricity. Let a professional electrician, like Piper Electric do your yearly inspection. Then follow this simple checklist to help you and your family stay safe.
Check that Outlets and Switches Are in Good Working Order
Testing your outlets and switches is something that homeowners can feel comfortable doing.
- Try each switch and outlet to see that they’re working. Make a note of any that are not. As you are checking them, make sure the plugs fit securely.
- Feel each outlet and switch to make sure they are cool to the touch.
- Burning smells can indicate a serious problem. If your outlets or switches have an unusual odor, turn off the power at the breaker box, and call your local electrician. If you’re in the Denver metro area, contact us.
- Get rid of extension cords and plug items directly into outlets.
If you have issues and/or want new outlets added to your home, we can help. If you’re in the Denver metro area, fill out this form and someone from Piper Electric will get in touch with you.
Understanding Extension Cords
Extension cords are designed for temporary use. However, many homeowners leave items plugged in for years, which can be dangerous. Never plug large appliances into extension cords. Check your cords often to ensure that wires are not exposed, cracked, or frayed.
GFCIs and AFCIs Help Keep You Safe, If They Work
Check your GFCIs and AFCIs periodically. Make sure that you have GFCIs in the kitchen, bathroom, laundry room, or any other wet location rooms around your home. AFCIs can detect electrical problems and are much safer than standard outlets. If you have not had your outlets changed out for these safer options, consider having it done. These types of outlets greatly reduce the odds of a fire from electrical issues.
The above is a partial checklist and it’s our goal to keep your home and family safe! If you would like to have a Full Home Safety Inspection, please give us a call at 303-422-9219 or fill out this form to schedule a time with a Piper Electric expert!