When it comes to electrical safety, your best bet is to take as many safety precautions as you can. No one wants to risk their safety or property damage due to an electrical fire that could’ve been avoided. Especially during these uncertain times, when people are spending more time than ever at home, taking preventative measures to circumvent potential problems is the smartest route to take. More and more people across the globe are working and learning from home, which means they are also utilizing more electrical devices! Read on for some electrical safety tips to keep you and your loved ones safe and sound. Prepaid Lights has you covered with practical electrical tips!
Stay up-to-date on the statistics
Did you know that (according to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission) over 31,000 home electrical fires occur annually? That’s a scary statistic! Even more, over 180 cases included electrocution or electricity-related accidents that could have been prevented if the proper precautions had been taken. Your safety and well-being (as well as that of your family) is of utmost importance, so don’t play around with electrical safety. What’s the cause of these incidents? According to the National Fire Protection Association, faulty/damaged wiring and related equipment account for approximately 69% of electrical fires. Other common culprits include lamps, lighting fixtures, cords, plugs, transformers, etc. Know the “dos and don’ts” to stay ahead of the game and out of the statistics.
Check your wattage I.Q.
One simple way to avoid a (literally) shocking situation is to ensure you’re using the correct amount of wattage in lightbulbs in all lamps and other fixtures or appliances. Whenever possible, use LED bulbs. They are more energy efficient and pose less of a risk of overheating. If you’re unsure of what wattage to use on a light fixture (when a lamp or other device is unlabeled with the required number) go with 60-watts or less. For lighting fixtures mounted to the ceiling, 25-watt or less bulbs are the safest choice.
Avoid outlet overload
It can be tempting to jam every device you can into one outlet or power strip, but that electrical eagerness is just upping your chances for overloading and overheating that area. When you are using a power strip for multiple devices, they should not be warm or hot to the touch. That may signal a potential problem. Make sure faceplates and switch plates are securely mounted. If you can, spread your devices out to different outlets for additional assurance.
Keep your cords in check
Never, ever use split, broken, or otherwise damaged or faulty cords/wires. If you do, you are putting yourself at a major risk for electrocution and/or an electrical fire. In fact, it’s a practical practice to regularly check your power cords and/or extension cords for signs of damage. What does a damaged cord look like? Fraying, cracking, or otherwise appearing to be in poor condition. You should also be cautious in how and where you place them in your home. For instance, it’s best not to run them under rugs or furniture. If they overheat, the heat will then pass through those fabric or carpeted areas. They also could pose a risk for tripping when being walked over. If furniture or other objects placed on top of them are too heavy, they could damage the cords as well. Never staple them into place either, which could interfere with the electrical currents. In addition to your placement of cords while they are in use, you also need to store them properly and securely. Keep them out of the reach of pets and children, who can damage them easily. If you’re storing them in a basement, attic, or garage, they still need to be put up tidily and neatly to prevent critters or pests from chewing them or burrowing into them.
Unplug and unwind
If you’re still feeling anxious about your electrical safety, another simple way to stay safe is to make sure you unplug any unused appliances. Once this is done, they’re protected from power surges that could occur even while they are not in use. This way, you’re saving energy and will have the peace of mind that comes with developing a smarter habit. Making it a part of your routine will ensure you do it regularly. Educate your family members or other loved ones that share your space about this simple electricity tip, too.
Be efficient with your electricity
Using a company that offers exemplary customer service and prepaid electricity, like Prepaid Lights, offers you more than just financial savings. With the “pay-as-you-go” electricity option, you will have the perk of knowing your usage and electrical habits, which helps you to plan ahead financially and become more energy efficient. Using less energy equates to less risk for electrical fires or related problems!
With Prepaid Lights, you can monitor your home’s electrical usage daily or monthly. You can even access all of your account information from the convenience of your cell phone. Should you ever have any questions or concerns about your devices or any other electricity-related matter, their customer support team is there to answer and assist in any way they can. Prepaid Lights is an option for Texas residents who benefit from being in deregulated areas, which means living in an area where you can choose your energy provider. Depending on your zip code, you may be able to get your lights turned on in as little as two hours. With no required deposit, no credit check, and no ID or SSN required to get started, what are you waiting for? Visit https://prepaidlights.net/ today to find out more, and get connected with a customer service member who can set you up with the plan that is right for you and your energy needs.
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