With COVID-19 keeping kids and parents at home this month, you may be spending a lot more time behind your walls than you’re used to. However, even though this is a challenging and frustrating time for many of us, it’s also a great opportunity to take a good look at your home and make improvements you might not have noticed or had time to address. And since your kids are at home with you, why not kill two birds with one stone and childproof your system from electrical mishaps? Below are some top safety tips from our Holly Springs Electrician.
Look at Your Home from Your Child’s Perspective
Most electrical accidents involving children occur when the parents are at home, and oftentimes even the same room. They happen because children have a literally different point of view than their parents, and outlets and cords which may be invisible to us are very prominent to a child. It is sometimes useful to actually crawl rather than walk through your home to identify potential dangers you might not otherwise see.
Maintain Your Electrical System
Most home electrical injuries result from appliances which are outdated or broken. Make sure that all cords on lamps and appliances are not frayed, chewed, or torn, and repair damaged cords immediately. In addition, check all wall outlets on a regular basis to make sure there are no cracks or signs of breakage. Smoke, discoloration, rust, and a hot temperature are all signs that a circuit panel is in need of repair.
Cover all Outlets
All outlets which are not being used should be outfitted with childproof outlet covers. In addition, make sure that Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) are installed for every outlet in your home. These devices measure the amount of electricity flowing from an open source, and interrupts the flow if it detects an electrical surge or water. GFCIs are very sensitive and will shut down electrical flow when even minor problems occur. If your house does not have them in the necessary places, that means it is not up to code standards, and is not only safe, but legally uncompliant.
Test Appliances after Storms
Studies estimate that more than half of all parents who use GFCIs do not test them regularly. Be sure to test all electrical appliances and CFGIs once every six months, and immediately following an electrical storm. Make sure that all lights work properly and that appliances perform as intended.
Need a Holly Springs Electrician?
Professional electricians can help you audit your home for potential issues, and make repairs and upgrades that will keep your family safe. Click here to schedule an electrical safety inspection in Holly Springs. Please note that, due to COVID-19 safety regulations, we are offering free video chat services which will help us identify many electrical issues remotely.