When it comes to home safety, there’s a lot to consider. Most homeowners hear that term and think about home security—for example their alarm system and door locks. This is of course a very important part of making sure your home and family are protected, but that’s not what we’re here to talk about today.
Today, we want to give you some tips to keep you safe, from your electrical system. No, your wiring and electrical fixtures are not inherently dangerous. But they can be if you attempt electrical jobs on your own, or if you let old wiring go too long before being replaced. Keep reading for some electrical safety tips.
Don’t DIY Your Electrical System
We’re going to start with this one. There are so many reasons you shouldn’t try to do an electrical job on your own. Of course there are some things you can manage—replacing an outlet cover, or labeling your electrical panel are good examples. But other jobs—installing a ceiling fan, hardwiring your smoke detectors, replacing outlets—that absolutely must be left to trained professionals.
Electrocution is a very real risk in these cases, and we would like to help you avoid that! Another factor to keep in mind is that your electrical panel is only designed to take so much demand. A professional electrician will know if yours is up to par and will be able to recommend an upgrade if necessary so you don’t risk overloading the system and causing a power outage or even a fire. Aside from the safety risks, trusting an electrician for your wiring jobs also ensures that your home is up to code, as our electricians are up-to-date on this information.
Don’t Overload Your Outlets
Plugging in too many electronics, electrical equipment, or appliances into your outlets via multiple power strips can easily overload your electrical system. As we mentioned above, your electrical panel is only designed to take on so much demand. Today’s homes are seeing more and more electrical additions, but homeowners aren’t necessarily updating their panels to accommodate.
If you find yourself in need of more outlets, the best thing you can do is talk to an electrical professional to see about having them installed and upgrading your electrical panel to handle it.
“But don’t power strips offer surge protection?”
Yes, they do—but a very minimal amount. Surge protection is something that’s certainly important. Power surges occur when larger appliances, such as your HVAC system, send a jolt of energy throughout your electrical system.
What happens is that these small electrical surges slowly damage the rest of the appliances and equipment connected to your electrical system until eventually, they fail. To truly combat this problem, we recommend whole-house surge protection—and remember that even this is not a solution to an overloaded electrical panel.
We care about your safety, and we also care about the safety and functionality of your electrical appliances and equipment. Be sure to reach out if you have any questions about what you read above, or questions about your electrical system in general.