With the increasing demand of electricity in the
home, it is difficult to imagine being without it. We use it
to wake us up in the morning and throughout the day with our
activities. It is easy to add more gadgets and appliances but
this could create a problem if outlets become overloaded.
When problems occur, it is best to already have an experienced,
licensed electrician that you can call. For safety reasons,
you should never attempt to handle an electrical situation by
yourself. Your electrician can check for faulty wiring and
improper use of electrical appliances which can cause a
Do’s and Don’ts to Keep You Safe
- Never overload electrical outlets.
- Only use extension cords as a temporary
- Do not place power cords under rugs, carpets, or
- Buy products which meet the Underwriter’s
Laboratory (UL) standard for safety.
- Install smoke alarms outside bedrooms and on each
- Turn appliances off before plugging them in.
- Keep electrical appliances away from wet
- Keep heaters and halogen lamps away from draperies
and other combustible materials.
- Use only three-slot outlets for appliances with
- Use safety devices to help child-proof
- Don’t turn a circuit back on before
identifying why it was turned off.
- Replace an item that overheats, shorts out or
produces smoke or sparks.
- Test and replace smoke alarm batteries every
- Replace frayed, cracked or cut power cords
- If a switch or outlet is hot or discolored by heat
buildup, immediately shut off the circuit.
- Shut off power to the circuit and fixture you are
- Never assume the circuit is off. Use a tester
to confirm there is not power before starting work.
- Always use an insulated fiberglass ladder when
doing electrical work.
- Avoid working in wet areas; wear rubber boots and
gloves to reduce risk of getting shocked.
- Plug tools into a GFCI outlet or GFCI extension
cord if you must work near water.
- Dry your hands before grabbing any cord to plug or
- When working at the service panel or turning off a
circuit, leave a warning label.
Keeping track of minor electrical problems and having
an annual visit with your electrician should be a part of your home
maintenance strategy. Portman Electric can provide you with
all of your electrical needs.