You guessed it, May is National Electrical Safety Month! This month is dedicated to assuring everyone is aware of how to properly use electronics or circuits, and SHIELD Security Systems wants to give you a few tips on how to stay safe at home and on the go.
Don’t Touch! Test First.
Did you know that thousands of people are injured and killed by circuits because they thought they were not live? Did you also know that simply shutting off the power is not enough? Electronic volts are still stored within a circuit even when it is powered down, so be sure to test it before you touch it. If you are not qualified to be messing around with wires, please be sure to call someone who is to avoid any injury.
Use Extension Cords Correctly
Extension cords cause around 3,300 fires each year, resulting in the death or injury of over 300 people. Extension cords can overheat when incorrectly used, so be sure to use them correctly. Do not plug multiple extension cords into one another, and be sure to use the correct type of extension cord for the correct power usage. When using power strips, don’t overload them or run them through walls, doorways, ceilings or floors. When the cords are covered, heat cannot escape. Also, never substitute an extension cord for permanent wiring. Ever!
Don’t Overload Your Home
In the U.S., over 47,700 home fires are caused by some sort of electrical failure or malfunction every year. These tragedies cause over 400 deaths and ,1500 injuries, not to mention the $1.4 billion in damage. Some ways you can tell if a circuit is overloaded are:
- flickering lights
- warm or discolored wall plates
- burning odor coming from wall switches
- tripped circuits or blown fuses (frequently)
- mild shock from appliances, receptacles or switches
You can prevent overloading your home by never using extension cords or multi-outlet converters for appliances. Appliances use a large amount of energy, so putting multiple appliances into one outlet will certainly cause damage. Be sure to plug all major appliances directly into the wall. If you are relying heavily on extension cords, this means your home has too few outlets. Be sure to call a qualified technician to inspect your home and meet your needs. Remember, power strips only add outlets, they do not change the amount of actual power being received.
Keep Sensors Up To Date
First of all, be sure to have some sort of smoke and fire detector connected to a professional company to monitor your home for you. Be sure that your sensors have charged batteries and are in a clear area where they can correctly do the job. If you are in need of a smoke and heat detector, be sure to take a look at what we offer: