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Four Common Electrical Safety Tips You Should Follow

It’s important to know the basics of electrical safety if you’re a renter or homeowner. There are many things to remember to ensure you and your family’s personal safety, but here are four electrical safety tips to always keep in the back of your mind.

Pay Close Attention to Buzzing or Sparking

If you notice any of your appliances making clicking or buzzing sounds, or you see sparks when plugging or unplugging something, it may be time to replace that item. If you try to continue using the item, for example, a hairdryer, you could be at risk of electrocution the longer you continue to use it.

Never Let Your Electrical Products Get Too Close to Water

Everyone should know how dangerous it is to have an electrical item next to a bathtub or a puddle of water. To avoid a shortage, or electrocution, never let any plugged-in items touch or get close to water.

Avoid Overloading a Circuit

One of the easiest ways to start a house fire is to overload a circuit in your home. This means you are plugging too many powerful appliances into the same power strip or outlet, causing your circuit to work too hard. One way to avoid this is to evenly spread your appliances throughout your home, and plug them into different outlets.

Childproof Your Electrical Outlets

It’s important to educate any child old enough to comprehend electrical safety to never stick anything besides a plug into an outlet. If you have babies or toddlers, a great way to keep your outlets childproofed is to purchase some plastic outlet covers to keep their fingers and toys out of them.

Contact us at Gulf Coast Electric if you ever feel like you need a professional to inspect a faulty circuit or for any other electrical services! Our experts are always here to answer your questions or help you keep your home safe.