Home electric systems should always be operating at safe levels to keep you and your loved ones
from suffering serious injury. Electrical dangers are not commonplace
in the home, but they do occur—and they create extremely dangerous
Electrical Cord Wear & Damage
Electrical cords are one of the most common sources of electrical hazards
in homes and residential locations. Cords are everywhere—they’re
in the kitchen, the living room, the bathroom, and anywhere else where
you have appliances or other systems running on electrical currents.
Here are some tips to avoid electric cord hazards:
- Check and repair damaged/worn cords
- Remove from plugs by pulling the head (not the cord)
- Don’t overload outlets with multiple cords
- Keep malfunctioning appliances unplugged
- Limit your use of extension cords
- Keep away from water outlets
We cover home electrical safety in more detail on our website!
Water Heater Temperature Levels
When water temperature is hotter than 120 degrees, it only takes a few
seconds for a person to suffer second or third-degree burns. This can
happen when a water heater has an improper temperature setting, and generates
water temperatures that are too high.
Many water heaters have a factory setting of 140 degrees—adjusting
heater temperature to 110 – 120 can prevent accidental scalding.
Before adjusting the temperature on your heating system, make sure the
fuse is removed and the electrical current is cut!
Faulty & Malfunctioning Home Appliances
Appliances plugged into electrical currents are not just dangerous around
water. If these appliances start working improperly (or you see sparks
flying), this could trigger a dangerous electrical fire. Turning these
appliances off is not enough; as long as they are plugged into an electrical
source, they are live objects. If a part of the appliance is connected
to the current or exposed to live wire, there is always a danger of electrocution.
Before fixing or cleaning appliances, always unplug them from the power source.
If you’re not sure about your home/indoor electrical system,
contact a professional electrician! Our team in Marietta, GA is licensed and certified for residential and
commercial electrical services.