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Electrical Safety Tips for Homeowners: How to Keep Your Family Safe

Electrical Safety Tips for Homeowners: How to Keep Your Family Safe

Your family’s safety is your number one priority, As a homeowner, that includes being aware of potential electrical hazards in your home. Electrical accidents can result in serious injuries, fires, and even fatalities. With some simple precautions and good practices, you can create a safe environment for your family. Here are some electrical safety tips from our expert electricians that every homeowner should be aware of to keep their home and their family safe.

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Electrical Services: Safety Tips for Homeowners

  1. Hire a Licensed Electrician for Electrical Work: Electrical work should always be performed by licensed and qualified electricians. Attempting to do electrical work yourself or hiring unlicensed individuals can be dangerous and may not comply with local building codes. A licensed electrician has the proper training and expertise to ensure that electrical installations and repairs are done safely and up to code.
  2. Avoid Overloading Outlets and Extension Cords: Overloading outlets and extension cords is a common cause of electrical fires. Avoid plugging too many appliances or devices into a single outlet or using multiple extension cords in a daisy chain fashion. Distribute the load across different outlets and use power strips with built-in surge protectors to prevent overloading.
  3. Regularly Inspect Electrical Cords and Outlets: Inspect electrical cords and outlets regularly for signs of wear and damage. Look for frayed cords, loose plugs, or outlets that are cracked or broken. Replace any damaged cords or outlets immediately to avoid potential electrical hazards.
  4. Keep Electrical Appliances Away from Water: Water and electricity do not mix. Keep electrical appliances, cords, and outlets away from water sources such as sinks, bathtubs, and wet floors. Avoid using electrical appliances with wet hands or in damp areas to prevent electric shocks.
  5. Use Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) in Wet Areas: Install GFCIs in areas where water is present, such as bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, and outdoor outlets. GFCIs are designed to protect against electrical shocks by quickly shutting off the power when a ground fault is detected.
  6. Unplug Appliances and Devices When Not in Use: Unplug appliances and devices when they are not in use, especially those with heating elements like irons, toasters, and space heaters. This not only saves energy but also reduces the risk of electrical accidents, such as fires, caused by appliances left plugged in.
  7. Do Not Overload Circuits or Fuse Boxes: Avoid overloading circuits or fuse boxes by using the correct amperage for fuses or circuit breakers. If fuses or circuit breakers frequently trip, it may indicate an overloaded circuit. Contact a licensed electrician to assess and upgrade your electrical system if needed.
  8. Do Not Use Damaged Electrical Tools or Appliances: Do not use electrical tools or appliances that are damaged or malfunctioning. Faulty electrical tools or appliances can pose a serious safety risk. Have them repaired by a qualified professional or replace them.
  9. Use Light Bulbs with the Correct Wattage: Always use light bulbs with the correct wattage for lamps and fixtures. Using bulbs with a wattage higher than recommended can cause overheating and increase the risk of fires. Check the manufacturer's label or consult an electrician if you are unsure about the correct wattage. To save money and improve safety, consider an LED retrofit for your home.
  10. Educate Your Family about Electrical Safety: Most importantly, educate your family members, especially children, about electrical safety. Teach them not to touch electrical outlets, cords, or appliances with wet hands, not to play with electrical switches or cords, and to report any potential electrical hazards to an adult.

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Safer Homes With Electrical Services From Fluorescent Man Lighting

Electrical safety should be a top priority for homeowners to protect their families from potential electrical accidents. In the event of an electrical emergency, such as a sparking outlet, burning smell, or tripped circuit breaker that cannot be resolved by resetting, do not attempt to fix the issue yourself. Instead, turn off the power to the affected area by switching off the circuit breaker or removing the fuse, and contact a licensed electrician immediately to assess and resolve the issue safely. Electrical safety is a critical aspect of keeping your family safe at home. By following these electrical safety tips, hiring a licensed electrician for electrical work, and educating your family about electrical safety, you can significantly reduce the risk of electrical accidents and create a safe environment for your loved ones. 

Remember, prevention is key when it comes to electrical safety, so take the necessary precautions to protect your family and your home from potential electrical hazards. At Fluorescent Man Lighting and Electrical, we offer comprehensive electrician services to improve your home, replace your wiring, and perform repairs of all sizes. Providing over 25 years of electrical services in the Chestermere and the Calgary area, Fluorescent Man Lighting and Electrical can offer you top-quality commercial and residential electrical services. We provide efficient and affordable service with a team of electricians with at least 5 to 8 years of experience each. To get a free in-home quote, contact Fluorescent Man Lighting and Electrical at 1-403-863-8529 or fill out the online contact form.


Q: How much does a consultation cost?
A: FM Lighting and Electrical offers a free consultation that includes:

  • An assessment of your electrical needs
  • Recommendations of the best products for your home or business
  • An effective and efficient solution design
  • A no-obligation quote

Q: How do you know who is the right electrician to hire?
A: A great electrician is licensed, reputable, knowledgeable, and specializes in energy conservation and LED lighting. Read Choosing The Right LED Lighting Electrician to learn more.

Q: Can I do my electrical work myself?
A: Having yourself or a friend do your electrical work can be incredibly dangerous. If someone without their license or insurance does electrical work on your home or business and something goes wrong, you can be liable. You might not qualify for an insurance claim and you could be out a lot of money.

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