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6 Electrical Guidelines You Should Follow At Home

You power your home with energy, but do you know enough about electrical safety? Here are some simple tips from our local Calgary electricians on how to keep your home and family safe.

No matter how tempted you may be to attempt DIY home repairs, whether for convenience or the money you think you’ll save, some projects can be very dangerous if you attempt them yourself, and require professional assistance.

This applies especially with electrical work. In fact, hiring a local electrician will ensure that:

  • The repairs are completed safely
  • Your risk of accidental fires and electric shocks are minimized
  • The job is done right the first time
  • You save money in the long term

DIY Repairs Could Lead to Higher Long Term Costs

Your home wiring may look simple, but in actuality, it’s connected to a much wider interdependent network, which is why working with electricity requires expertise and knowledge. Doing any repairs yourself may mean that other circuits and systems may be affected, making your problems a lot worse. This will end up costing you a lot more in repairs.


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6 Electrical Safety Tips For Your Home

Did you know that many electrical home fires can be prevented simply by following some simple electrical safety tips. While you should always ask an electrician if you are uncertain about the safety of an appliance or electrical outlet in your home, here are some electrical guidelines you should know about and try to follow:


1. Always Use The Correct Wattage

Using the correct wattage can prevent a lot of electrical problems in your home, so check all your lamps, fixtures, and appliances to make sure you are doing this right. If a light fixture has no wattage listed, always use a 60-watt bulb or less.

Tip: Did you know that LED bulbs consume a lot less power and they also reduce the risk of your fixtures overheating?

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2. Never Overload Your Outlets

A common cause of residential electrical issues is overloading an electrical outlet. Make sure that all your outlets are cool to the touch, are in proper working order, and have protective faceplates. Some other safety tips include:

  • Any hot outlets should be examined by your local electrician.
  • Never use extension cords for appliances.
  • Smart plugs can be used to monitor your outlet power loads and they can even shut off appliances if your outlet starts to overheat.
  • Only plug one heat-producing appliance into an outlet at a time.

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3. Repair Any Damaged Electrical Cords Immediately

Damaged power cords can pose a serious electrical safety risk to you and your family, as they can cause both home fires and electrocution. You should always check your power cords for signs of fraying, and if they are damaged, you must replace them as soon as possible.

Remember: Power cords should NEVER be stapled into place or run under furniture or carpets. This can create a tripping hazard, damage wires, and cause your cords to overheat.


4. Unplug Your Unused Appliances

One of the simplest safety tips is also the easiest one to neglect or forget: when you aren’t using an appliance, unplug it. Not only will this protect them from overheating, it will also allow you to save money on your electrical bills.

Finding it difficult to remember to unplug? Smart plugs are a great solution. These allow you to set power schedules for each outlet.


5. Keep All Your Electrical Devices Away From Water

It is common knowledge that water and electricity don’t mix. By keeping all your electrical appliances and equipment dry and away from water, you will prevent any damage to your appliances and protect against injury and electrocution.

Make sure to keep your electrical equipment away from:

  • Sinks
  • Showers and bathtubs
  • Aquariums
  • Plant pots

This will reduce the risk of electricity and water coming into contact. Also, always remember to have dry hands when working with electrical appliances.

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