Electricity is almost everywhere — in fact, just about all of modern life runs on electricity. That said, when not properly installed, electricity can be the exact opposite of beneficial. In actuality, it can be quite dangerous.
For this reason, it’s important to take steps to ensure that your electrical system is as safe as possible. Need a little help? Take it from a Port St Lucie electrician: here are five tips for establishing a safe electrical system.
1. Replace Damaged Power Cords
Are some of your power cords (such as your phone and laptop chargers) worn and frayed? If so, it’s recommended that you do something about them as soon as possible. Why? Because, as you might expect, damaged power cords can very quickly become dangerous power cords.
In the short-term, you might be able to fix damaged power cords with electrical tape. Note, though, that this is not a good long-term option. If you want to be as safe as possible, you’ll want to buy all new power cords.
2. Refrain from Overpowering Your Outlets
You’ve probably seen it before. You might have even been the cause of it: an outlet that’s stuffed with far too many electrical plugs. As you probably already know, this is extremely unsafe.
Now you might be wondering: how many is too many plugs? In most cases, it’s wise to use no more than a single power strip per outlet. Also, you’ll want to refrain from plugging extension cords into power strips just so that you can plug in even more appliances. This will put you at risk for an electrical overload and, in some cases, an electrical fire.
3. Keep Extension Cords to a Minimum
Extension cords can be beneficial in a number of situations. However, that doesn’t mean that they should be used ad nauseum. Why? Because, over time, extension cords can become frayed, turning them into safety hazards.
Generally speaking, extension cords should be used on a temporary basis only. For instance, if you’re trimming your hedges with an electric trimmer, you can use an extension cord. However, if you’re trying to consistently power a computer from an outlet in another room, you should forego the use of the extension cord, and install a new outlet instead.
4. Use Grounded Outlets
In general, there are two types of outlets: grounded outlets and ungrounded outlets. While both types of outlets are still in use, there’s only one type of outlet that’s truly still appropriate: the grounded outlet.
Grounded outlets possess three prongs as opposed to two. Their third prongs receive electricity in the event of an overload, preventing sparks, shocking, and house fires. Two-pronged (ungrounded) outlets don’t provide this capability. Therefore, if you still have two-pronged outlets remaining in your home, it’s strongly recommended that you replace them as soon as possible.
5. Schedule Regular Electrical Inspections
If you really want to keep your electrical system safe, you should schedule regular electrical inspections. An electrical inspection is a process in which a licensed electrical contractor assesses the many components of an electrical system. By having a professional inspect your system every or so, you can ensure that it remains as safe as possible.
Utilize the Services of a Port St Lucie Electrician
Hoping to improve the safety of your electrical system? Looking to utilize the services of a Port St Lucie electrician? All American Air and Electric has you covered.
Our team of electrical contractors is well-trained in all aspects of electrical systems. We’ll do everything we can to ensure that your system is, indeed, safe.
Contact us today to get the process started!