Category Archives: Home Safety

Electrical Safety In The Bathroom

electrical-safety-bathroomElectrical fires and accidents are common causes of injury and death in the home. Nearly every home has potential electrical hazards caused by incorrect or defective electrical wires, improper electrical connections at outlets or switches, and frayed appliance or extension cords, just to name a few.

Electrical safety in the bathroom is often overlooked, and outlets that are too close to a water source or handling an electrical appliance with wet hands heighten the chances of getting an electric shock. In wet surroundings, unsuitable equipment can become “live” and make its surroundings live too. That is why Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) outlets are required in bathrooms and other wet areas as part of the electrical code.

Here are additional ways to practice electrical safety in the bathroom:

Never use a radio, hair dryer, phone, extension cords or electric devices in the bath, near the sink, bathtub, or on a wet bathroom floor.

Electric water heaters in a bathroom must be fixed, permanently wired, and fitted at least 9 feet away from a water source in the bathroom.

Electrical outlets in bathrooms should be GFCI outlets, installed by a professional electrician at the required distance from sources of water.

Recessed lights are recommended in bathrooms to keep fixtures away from water.

While you may be tempted to bring an electric heater into the bathroom, be sure that it is at a safe distance from a water source and the floor it sits on is bone dry.

Always have a fire extinguisher handy in order to avoid a very common error of using water to put out electrical fires. Water fuels the fire and may cause electrocution. In the absence of a fire extinguisher, always turn off your electrical power from the main source in the event of an electrical fire, evacuate your home and call 911.

Remember to switch off and unplug the equipment from use immediately and store it out of reach of children.

Avoid Do-It-Yourself electrical repairs by all means necessary. Instead, have a qualified electrician inspect your wiring on a regular basis to ensure the wiring is safe and to see if you need an upgrade.

Electrical Safety Month

GFCI InstallationThe nonprofit Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) promotes May as National Electrical Safety Month. It’s always a good idea to pay a little extra attention to something that is of such vital importance. We all use electrical devices and appliances, every day, without really thinking about it.  Here is a general checklist of some things to look for or steps to take to keep your home and your family safe around electricity. Continue reading

Home Electrical Systems: 5 Things Every Homeowner Should Know

circuit_breakerThe last thing any homeowner needs to stress about is their home’s electrical system. You rely on a proper working system for your daily life to run smoothly. If you ignore potential issues, a faulty electrical system can be detrimental to your family’s safety. Fires caused by faulty wiring, fuses or circuit breakers happen every year and can be easily prevented.

It’s important to know what you are looking at (and hearing) in your home’s electrical system. For instance, a sparking sound from an outlet is a sign of a faulty system which poses a risk of fire and electrical shock. Flickering lights should not be ignored, as it could be a sign of a faulty electrical panel or an overloaded circuit.

Here are 5 things to consider when you are looking at electrical system components in your home, or a home that you are buying. Remember, always call a licensed professional electrician when dealing with repairs or upgrades to your home’s electrical system. Continue reading

5 Things to Teach Your Kids About Electrical Safety

children-electrical-safetyDon’t Let Them Learn By Accident

Young children love to explore, and are curious about the things they find, both inside and outside of your home. If you have kids, you most likely have used outlet protectors and told your young children to not touch or try and put anything into a power outlet. As your children get older, giving them more information about how electricity works and its dangers will help to keep them safe — just remember to keep your lessons simple so they don’t lose interest. Here are five important safety tips to share with the kids in your life. Continue reading

How to Prepare for a Power Outage

winter-power-outageWinter Brings Added Risks

Ice storms, subzero temperatures, and wind can cause unexpected power outages during the winter months. Not having electricity in cold weather can be much more than an inconvenience. Worst case scenario? You and your family might need to find another place to stay to keep warm. If you are faced with a short-term outage, there are things you can do to be better prepared and make sure your family is comfortable. Continue reading

Create an Emergency Plan for Your Family

home emergency kitPrepare for Fire, Flood and Other Disasters

It’s the season of wood burning fires and string upon string of electric lights, so having working smoke detectors in your home is a good place to start when it comes to protecting your family in an emergency. But you should be prepared for more than just an accidental fire. Severe winter storms, flooding, or other emergencies could force you to either evacuate or remain in your home, possibly without power. Experts recommend that you and your family members come up with a plan to be prepared for any number of emergency scenarios. Continue reading

Check Smoke Detectors for Fire Safety

smoke-detectorDaylight Savings Time Tradition

We’ve made the transition from Daylight Savings Time, and along with adjusting your clocks one hour earlier on Sunday morning, did you check your smoke detectors? The National Fire Protection Association reports that three out of every five home fire deaths are caused by fires in houses where there are no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. As we head into a season where many of us burn candles and use wood-burning fireplaces and space heaters, it becomes extremely important to have smoke detectors that will alert your family in the event of a house fire. Continue reading