You’re probably thinking: “Electrical safety? I’m not an electrician. I know nothing about electricity!” But that’s exactly my point. Not all electrical hazards are apparent, and even if they are, it can be hard to tell just how serious they are. The last thing you want is for a small problem to turn into a house fire or worse, an electrocution accident that could have been prevented with a little extra care on your part! So don’t worry—we’re here to help you understand the basics of home electrical safety so you can keep your family safe from all kinds of shocks, burns and other dangers lurking in your walls and underfoot around every corner in your house (or apartment).

Electrical hazards can be big or small, but all are potentially life-threatening.

Electrical hazards are common, and they come in all shapes and sizes. Electrical accidents can happen much more than we realize, so it’s important for homeowners and renters alike to be aware of the risks involved with electrical work.

Here are some things to keep in mind:

Homeowners should take electrical safety seriously, especially when it comes to children, who can be at risk for electrical shock.

Electrical shock can cause serious injury or death. Electrical shock has been linked to burns, cardiac arrest and even death. Children are more likely to be shocked than adults because they’re often smaller in size and require less voltage than an adult to cause harm.

Electrical accidents happen much more than we realize.

Electrical accidents happen much more than we realize.

Electrical accidents are the leading cause of death in the home, and they account for more than 50% of deaths from burns among children under 5 years old. Most electrical accidents occur in bathrooms, kitchens and garages–places where you might be using electricity for water heaters or refrigerators.

How to keep your home safe.

In addition to checking the cords on your appliances, make sure the cords on lamps and other devices are in good condition. If they’re frayed or damaged in any way, replace them. When plugging in appliances and devices, use grounded outlets (the ones with three prongs) whenever possible–this will help prevent electrical shocks and fires.

Keep extension cords away from water; if they get damp or wet, discard them immediately because this can cause shock hazards if you continue using them afterward. Also make sure there’s at least 12 inches between where you place your extension cord and any water source (like a bathtub).

It’s important to keep your home safe from electrical hazards by checking the following regularly

It’s important to keep your home safe from electrical hazards by checking the following regularly:

  • Electrical outlets and extension cords. Make sure there are no loose or frayed wires and make sure you’re using grounded (three-pronged) plugs for all appliances that need them. Also, make sure you have enough outlets in each room so that you don’t overload any one circuit with too much electronic equipment plugged into it.

  • Light fixtures and ceiling fans. Look for any signs of deterioration–such as cracks in the covering glass–and replace if necessary with a fixture rated for its intended use (for example, fluorescent lights should not be used as general illumination). Check all bulbs periodically; if they burn out often or seem dimmer than usual, contact an electrician who can check whether there is a problem with wiring or insulation somewhere near where these fixtures are located (such as behind walls). If necessary, have him/her install additional insulation around these areas so heat loss does not cause problems later on down the road when temperatures drop outside during winter months when most people turn off their air conditioners during daytime hours but still leave lights turned on inside their homes throughout 24 hours per day every day throughout summer months.”


Electrical safety is an important part of keeping your home safe, and it’s something that everyone should be aware of. We hope that this article has helped you understand some of the common electrical hazards in the home and how they can affect you and your family. If there are any questions or concerns about any potential problems with your own electrical system, please contact us immediately!

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