B&D Electric of Gainesville, FL wants to remind you that the beginning of a New Year is a great time for an electrical safety check of your home and/or business. As a general rule of thumb, B&D Electric advises homeowners to get a professional electrical safety inspection every 10 years. It is also wise to get a professional evaluation before you move into a new house, especially if it is pre-owned. As for businesses, it is ideal to have a professional safety inspection every 12 years or prior to any new lease or building purchase.
B&D Electric trained, licensed and insured electricians have the experience and knowledge to identify potential hazards, even if you don’t notice a problem or malfunction. Keeping your home or work environment safe from fire and electrocution is our number one priority and a professional electrical safety inspection is the ultimate preventative measure. Call our office in Newberry, FL today to learn more.
What YOU can do to keep your home and family safe.
- At the beginning of summer and winter, check each room in your home for electrical safety.
- Work through the check list below. Invest 10-20 minutes of your time now. It may save a life or prevent an accident in the future.
- Once you have finished your inspection, record the date so you know when your last check was done and what needs to be fixed.
- Make sure you fix the areas that you have marked with a cross as soon as you can.
Let your “Common Senses” help keep you safe: Look, Listen, Smell for Electrical Hazards.
Electrical Safety Checklist:
Sockets and Switches
- Are all sockets, switches and multi-boxes working properly with no damaged or broken plugs, sockets, light switches or light fittings?
- Are all sockets and switches cool to the touch?
- Do all electric plugs fit snugly into the sockets?
- Are all multi-boxes placed up high, out of the reach of children?
- Have you installed safety devices such as RCDs, shuttered sockets and recessed outlets?
- Have you limited the number of appliances plugged into one outlet, so as not to draw too heavy a load on the circuit?
- Do you have only one heater per outlet?
- Are all electric cords in good condition, with no cracking or fraying in the outer cover or any internal wires exposed?
- Are all electric cords clear of rugs and furniture?
- Are all extension cords used for temporary purposes only? If not, ask an electrician to install a socket-outlet where needed.
- Are all cords out of the way so they can’t be tripped over, damaged by furniture, or caught in any way?
- Do you have the correct bulbs in your light fittings and lamps?
Portable Electric Heaters
- Do you follow the “heater meter rule” with all heaters at least 3 1/2 feet away from things that can burn?
- Are all heaters in good working condition with no broken parts, funny noises or smells?
- Have you recently maintained and cleaned your heater?
- Are all electric blankets in good condition with no scorch marks, kinks, exposed or damaged wiring?
- Are your electric blankets stored flat or rolled in corrugated cardboard when not in use?
- Have you had your electric blanket tested recently?
- How old are your electric blankets? (It is recommended that you replace your electric blanket after 2 or 3 years of use).