All homeowners should conduct electrical checkups throughout the year to troubleshoot any issues and employ an electrician's services if needed. Here are some areas of your home that should be checked on.
Make sure your home is childproof
If you have children, or grandchildren that regularly visit or live with you, make sure all of your outlets have protectors. Another option is to put in tamper resistant outlets. This is also a good idea if you have pets, especially any puppies or kittens, who'll also be at ground level and very curious.
Check all outlets near damp or wet locations
All outlets near washing machines, bathrooms or kitchen sinks should be ground fault type. If they aren't, have an electrician change that as soon as possible. Otherwise, you're exposing your family and you to the possibility of dangerous shocks.
Make sure all outlets are far from heat sources as well
Don't have any plugs or outlets near home heating sources, such as radiators. Cords shouldn't be run under rugs or wool blankets either. All of these scenarios are potential fire hazards.
Make sure all extension cords are unplugged when not in use
Make sure everyone living in your home knows to unplug extension cords that aren't in use. If they're always plugged in, they can spark and cause an electrical fire. They also shouldn't be used with products that require a lot of power, like air conditioners. Finally, all appliances should be unplugged before being cleaned.
Check all plugs and wires for wear and tear
If you see any frayed wires, have an electrician replace them immediately. The same goes for loose sockets. Even a little wobbling isn't acceptable and will get worse over time.
Call an electrician immediately if breakers, lights and fuses in your home are malfunctioning
The occasional blown fuse or tripped breaker isn't cause for alarm. However, if it keeps happening, it's time to call an electrician and have them check your home's wiring. Flickering lights should be looked at, especially if they're accompanied by any burning odors.
Use generators safely
Never plug your generator directly into your home's electrical system. You can damage your appliances. Even worse, you can unintentionally electrocute utility workers or neighbors who are connected to the same utility transformer. If you do purchase a generator, always have an electrician connect it to your home by installing a power transfer switch.
By taking a few preventive measures, you can make sure your home's electrical system is operating efficiently and safely. If any issues do crop up, don't try and handle them yourself. Call an electrical service like Phillips Electric to remedy them.