Modern homes would not be able to function without electricity, but electricity is dangerous if it is not installed or used the right way. Fortunately, there are several simple things you and the members of your household can do to make sure that your electrical system is handled safely.
Use the Right Wattage
Though it may be tempting to use a higher wattage than is recommended for your light fixture, you should only use the wattage that’s recommended. The lamp or fixture should have a sticker that tells you the wattage the light bulb should have. Another tip is to use some kind of shade over the lightbulb if it’s near something flammable such as a curtain. This is especially important if you’re using bulbs that run very hot such as halogen bulbs.
Unplug your appliances and other devices when you’re not using them. Keeping an appliance plugged in when it’s not being used turns it into a “vampire” that steals just enough energy to cause an uptick in your fuel bill. Unplugging an appliance also saves it from being fried during an electrical surge. Of course, keep appliances away from water. If you must have an appliance near a water source, make sure the outlets are GCIs or ground fault circuit interrupters.
Don’t overload your electrical outlets, especially if they’re using extension cords or adapters. If you have appliances that produce heat, only one should be put in an outlet at a time. Large appliances such as your washing machine, dryer, or fridge need to be plugged directly into the proper outlet and must not use extension cords or adapters.
Don’t Run Cords Under Carpets
Electrical cords that run under carpets or rugs are fire hazards. Cords can also be damaged if they run under windows or doors. You should not have electrical cords or extension cords running over your floors because they’re tripping hazards. Replace cords that are worn or frayed. They are inexpensive, so don’t try to repair them. If you find you need to use extension cords all the time, ask one of our electricians at Sublime Electric to add a new outlet or two.
Speaking of professional electricians, call us if your lights always flicker, if you see sparks or smudge marks around your outlets or if you smell burning rubber. Also, call us if your circuit breaker keeps tripping.
Call Sublime Electric for Help
Whether they live near the airport or the art museum, our electricians have been serving our customers in the Boise area since 2010. We are pleased to teach our customers how to safely use their electricity. We also provide installation, maintenance and repair of everything from lighting to electrical panels to surge protection. Give Sublime Electric a call today.