Perhaps the most tragic thing about more than 25,000 fires in electricity-related homes every year in the US is that the vast majority of them could have been prevented. Appropriate security measures have been taken. In most cases, these are very simple tips that you can do right now. Just be careful to use your electrical appliances, sockets and more. proper handling can significantly reduce your family's chances of an electric fire tragedy, so read these tips and walk around your home and make sure everyone is following them today.
1. Don't overload your outlets
Extension cords should be temporary rather than permanent solutions.
The circuits of each outlet are designed to transmit a certain amount of electricity, and overloading with extension cords and too many plugs does just that. This is one of the most common causes of electric fires and is completely preventable. Make sure your surge protector is equipped with an internal switch that turns off the power. If your family has too many tools to plug in at the same time, it's probably time to install new sockets and cables.
2. Use GFCI sockets near water
Kitchens, bathrooms, workshops with sinks, and every outdoor outlet must have a "ground fault circuit breaker" outlet. You've seen them-solid-looking sockets with three-decked plug drives with two buttons marked between "Test" and "Reset". These outlets are specifically designed for power outages when they feel moisture. If you have an old outlet in your kitchen, bathroom or any other room where water is running, without these buttons, contact Root electric immediately to replace them.
3. Keep flammable items away from sockets and power cables
Avoid placing furniture, curtains, jewelry, boxes, or other flammable objects in front of (or very close to) the exhaust pipe. Most sockets emit inconspicuous heat, but if overloaded,(see fig. Step 1) or otherwise they fail, they can generate much more heat, cause sparks, and then fire the one closest to them. Use this chance! In fact, feel your sockets regularly to see if they are noticeably hot (they shouldn't).
If so, the electrical repair is complete.
4. Turn off small devices and devices when not in use
According to some studies, on average, at least 50 electrical devices or devices were connected in the family at any given time. Of course, very few people turn off their entertainment systems when they leave the house, and there is no point in turning off the fridge. However, we recommend turning things off, such as a toaster and other small kitchen appliances, every day before you leave. And never leave the heater on when you're not there! They're known for their electric fireplaces! The same thing applies to:,for electric heated blankets. Try to get used to disconnecting now, as this will cause a lot of fires when kitchen appliances are left plugged in and unattended. Also turn off small devices that you use in the bathroom.
In addition, if you're not at home, even in the "Off" position, you can save more on electricity by separating all these things from the computer, printer and entertainment systems from the wall to absorb energy from the system and add October to your electricity bill.
5. Decommissioning Of Older Devices
We know you love every moment of using every device you have, because these can be expensive! But these decadent, faulty devices may be among the worst electric fire triggers! Therefore, if any of your devices have the following signs of wear, dispose of them safely and purchase a newer, safer model as soon as possible:
· Frayed electrical cables
· Its use causes light to flicker, room or off them (we look at you, old microwave ovens...)
· Spark when opened.
· Excessive heat from the device
These are signs of an electric fire disaster that hasn't happened yet, so don't ignore them!
6. Limiting the use of room heaters
One of the main causes of electric fires is the long-term use of electric heaters. We recommend that people limit the use of heaters to using them only when the room is full. We also recommend running at 1/2 power instead of full power. The 1/2 watt heater keeps the off heat at full power, but there is no risk of damaging the sockets or overloading the circuit.
7. Schedule a regular electrical safety check
Plan (make a family event so everyone knows these safety tips) in October, in addition to these 5 things you can walk around your home and do right now. Regularly check electrical safety and electrical regulations with your electricians in California. If you have any concerns or questions, we can help you decide how to solve the problems listed above, you can also check your electrical panel, cables and other areas that you would be unsafe to check yourself. Electrical safety checks provide great peace of mind for you and your family and give buyers a little more incentive if you try to sell your home.