Home Electrical Safety

As one of the fundamental forces of nature, electricity is extremely powerful. There are several things that should be checked periodically in order to keep your home safe from electrical hazards.

Light bulbs. Check all of your light bulbs and make sure that the wattage is appropriate for the size of the fixtures. Bulbs with too great of a wattage might overheat and cause a fire. If you’re unsure about the fixture, use a bulb that’s 60 watts or less. For unmarked ceiling fixtures that use miniature bulbs, use one that’s 25 watts or less.

Cords. Make sure that no furniture is resting on any cords or pushing up against plugs on the wall—this can damage the cords and pose a fire hazard. That goes for rugs too, as stepping on cords can also damage them. Also, don’t tightly wrap cords; wrapped cords trap more heat than they should, which can melt the insulation.