Top 5 Electrical Safety Tips for Homeowners in West Virginia
Convenience. Safety. Entertainment. Heat. Electrical service in West Virginia offers many benefits. But, it requires proper handling to ensure the safety of those it serves. Each year, electrical fires are responsible for 310 deaths and 1,100 injuries across the country. Of the 28,600 electrical fires that occur per year, many are preventable.
Take the following simple precautions to increase the safety of the electrical service in your home.
1. Cord Care
Many fires are started by faulty appliance cords or electrical outlets, or the improper use of cords. Remember:
Don’t use cords that are frayed or worn.
Don’t run cords under rugs.
Don’t remove the grounding plug (third prong) to use a cord in a two-prong outlet.
Don’t string multiple extension cords together.
2. The Right Light
Light fixtures are another frequent culprit for electrical fires. Be sure to use the recommended wattage when you install bulbs in lamps and light fixtures. Never go above this amount. Also, be careful to keep flammable materials away from bulbs. Don’t place cloth or paper over a lampshade.
3. Too Hot to Handle
Do you ever use space heaters? These devices can be great to add the extra few degrees you need to your surroundings, but they are also a major cause of electrical fires. If you use one, keep the heater clear of combustible items such as beds, curtains, couches, rugs and clothing. Unplug it when not in use. Choose radiator-style over coil space heaters, as they are less likely to ignite flammable items.
4. Modernize the Antiques
Is your home more than 20 years old? If so, it may not have the wiring capacity required to meet the needs of your appliances. Outdated wiring can be a fire hazard. Breakers may fail to trip when overloaded. Frayed wiring may spark. It’s important to ensure your whole house is wired to current safety standards and meets the demands of your lifestyle.
5. Partnering with the Pros
At Pro1 Electric, we adhere to the highest industry standards to ensure the safety of our customers and employees. If you need assistance to improve the safety of your residential electrical service in West Virginia, our experts are ready to help. We can install additional outlets, inspect electrical systems, install new wiring and more.
To discuss electrical services for your home, schedule a free consultation with Pro1 Electric by calling 304-482-8487 or filling out our web form.