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Safety Tips

Safety tips for a home maintenance strategy to prevent problems from occurring. Portman Electric can provide you with all of your electrical needs.

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 fire. 

Do’s and Don’ts to Keep You Safe

  • Never overload electrical outlets.
  • Only use extension cords as a temporary solution.
  • Do not place power cords under rugs, carpets, or furniture.
  • Buy products which meet the Underwriter’s Laboratory (UL) standard for safety.
  • Install smoke alarms outside bedrooms and on each floor. 
  • Turn appliances off before plugging them in.
  • Keep electrical appliances away from wet areas.
  • Keep heaters and halogen lamps away from draperies and other combustible materials.
  • Use only three-slot outlets for appliances with three-prong plugs.
  • Use safety devices to help child-proof outlets.
  • 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 year.
  • Replace frayed, cracked or cut power cords immediately.
  • 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 working on.
  • 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 unplug.
  • 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.

"After years of adding CNC machines at our manufacturing facility we began having problems with sufficient power to run the equipment. We called Portman Electric in to analyze the situation and really had a great experience. Jeff's level of professionalism and his crew's expertise quickly had our shop operating smoothly. We were so pleased that we call Portman in any time we get a major piece of machinery that needs installed."

Paul Spangler
Drummond Corporation

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