Safety Tips from a Portland Electrical Contractor

No matter how many items you have in your home, it is extremely important to make sure that you are safe around all types of appliances, extension cords, power outlets and other electrical hazards. The reason this is so important, is that it only takes one small mistake to start a fire or even cause an accidental death. There are a few things you want to take in consideration when it comes to being safe around your household appliances, whether it is a microwave, oven or any other appliance that you have. The first thing you want to make sure of is that your appliances have been approved by the Underwriters Laboratories. This is a universal approval laboratory for electrical appliances, denoted by a sticker with the letters “UL” in a circle on it.

It is also important to make sure that your appliances’ cords are kept out of the reach of pets and children, whether they are currently in use. Any heat generating appliance, including computers, televisions, ovens and more need to have clearance from all types of items, including toys, clothes, drapes and other items, ensuring proper air circulation and fire prevention. It is vital to the protection of you, your family and your home that you follow the instructions very carefully on any appliance, and never attempt to upgrade or repair your appliances without professional certification.

You want to ensure that your electrical appliances are also kept away from water sources, including pools, bathtubs, leaking vents, sinks and other areas. Never operate any electrical appliance while you are standing in water or if your hands are wet. This is because water is a conductor of electricity. It is also important to keep all types of materials, including toys, clothes, drapes and other combustible materials away from space heaters, fireplaces, radiators and any other heat source in your home or garage. Because appliances each have an electrical cord, it is important to ensure the safety and security of you and your family by checking your electrical cords regularly, for kinks, cracks, frays or breaks. Never use an electrical cord of any kind for anything other than its original and intended purpose. This can lead to severe injuries or even death.

Every electrical cord should stay firmly in place into any outlet that you plug into. If it is loose or comes out easily, find a different outlet. Never staple or nail electrical cords at any time, anywhere. Use only tape or twist ties to secure cords, because nails and staples can damage the cords, causing sparks, shorts, electrical fires or injuries. It is important to keep any electrical cord out of reach, and never place it in an area where it can be a trip hazard or where it is underneath a rug, carpet or other cover, which can prevent it from cooling as well as encourage undue wear. Never cut off the ground prong of any cord of any kind, ever. Avoid using extension cords unless absolutely necessary, and make sure that you are using the proper extension cord for the task at hand, ensuring that it is properly rated for the amount of electricity that you’re using, as well as that is rated for outdoor or indoor use, depending on your application. Also, ensure that you grab a cord at the plug-in and pull it out, not pull on the cord, yanking it out of the wall.

Every appliance in your home needs to be plugged into an appropriate outlet, ensuring proper function of the appliance, as well as safety of you and your home. Never overload your outlet with power chords, adapters, surge protectors and other plug-ins into a single outlet. It is also important to ensure that you are using the appropriate outlet for the right plug. Make sure that an approved plate that covers the wiring covers every outlet in your home, garage or any other area. By utilizing these tips as well as some good old-fashioned common sense, you and your family can be safe and happy in your home, using all types of appliances that make life easier and better.

Call Phoenix Electric today at (503) 231-8006 to have a Portland Electrical Contractor come out to your home or business and help you with your electrical needs.