Did you know May was National Electrical Safety Month? With the weather starting to turn around and warmer days approaching, it’s the perfect time to make sure everything is running properly and efficiently. While performing household cleaning or preparing for summer activities, here are a few safety tips to consider.
Limit What You’re Plugging In
As the temperature increases, so too will be your desire to keep cool. This means additional fans, window air conditioners and other cooling devices. It also means more electronics will require a power connection. Make sure to avoid over-connecting devices into the same power outlet. Drawing too much power on one outlet may not only increase the possibility of electrical surges and shorting out circuits, but also can increase your chance of an electrical fire.
Watch Where You’re Pulling
When disconnecting devices from a power outlet, pull the appliance by the plug, not the cord. Pulling the cord may tear the electrical wiring by adding unnecessary stress on the cord. It also increases the chance of the electrical current jumping, which may not only shock you but short out other appliances and even lead to electrical fires.
Grounded Extension Cords
The center, circular plug is the grounded wire. This helps secure the current and prevent it from jumping. If there is an electrical surge, the grounded connection prevents the electricity from flowing in uncontrolled directions. Whenever using extension cords, make sure to only use cords featuring the third, grounded prong. If you currently have the two-prong extension cords it’s time to replace the cord with the grounded variety.
Tuck Electrical Cords Out of the Way
Whether running from your computer, entertainment system or any other appliance, make sure the cords are tucked out of the way. Tripping over the cords not only opens you to possible injury, but it pulls the cord, the same way as yanking the cord from the wall outlet. Plus, if you have pets, electrical cords out in the open may become desirable chew toys. The last thing you want is for your pet to begin chewing on a plugged-in electrical cord.
If you notice a cord has been chewed on, is frayed or damaged in any way, discard the cord and purchase a new one. The faulty cord increases the chance of an electrical discharge.
Air Conditioning Unit Inspection
Don’t be caught with a broken AC unit when the temperatures rise! Often when our clients call about their air conditioning, our electricians find that the AC unit just needs replacement wiring or new connections – which is a relatively easy fix! Having problems with your air conditioning unit or air conditioning wiring? Give Front Range Electric in Colorado Springs a call and we’ll send one of our electricians out quickly to take a look at the problem.
When you moved into your house, did you have an electrical inspection performed? If no, now is the perfect time to do so. One of the leading cases of fires in homes is not from exposed flames but from improperly wired electrical circuits. Even if an electrical circuit provides you with a current, exposed wires behind the wall may eventually lead to electrical discharges into the home’s insulation. We can help get you going in the right direction.
Professional Help For Faulty Outlets and Lights
When you reach for a light switch does the switch feel warm (or hot, even)? Maybe you have an electrical outlet that doesn’t have an electrical current. These kinds of issues may seem small, but can lead to major problems and even fires. It’s best to have a professional come in and repair the issues instead of attempting to perform the correction yourself. This way, you’ll know it is done correctly the first time.
Building Code Updates
Whether you’ve just bought a home in Colorado Springs and need to know if your electrical work needs updating, you’ve finished a remodel, or you’ve finished building a home, it’s incredibly important to get your electrical work up to building code standards in Colorado Springs. Building code speaks to building best practices, as well as safety standards. Having your home building code compliant may eliminate the risk of catastrophic events that could damage your home, such as fire, and may help your home run at its most efficient.
Don’t Forget Outside the Home
Safety is not just confined to inside your space, the outside of your home should be inspected as well. Here are some tips from Edison Electric Institute:
- Never touch downed power lines!
- Always call your local utility or 911 if you see lines down.
- Watch for overhead lines every time you use a ladder, work on roofs, trees, or carry long tools or loads. Keep kites, model airplanes, and metallic balloons away from power lines.
- Know what’s below before you dig. At least 3 days before starting any digging or excavating project, call 811, the National One Call Center, to have underground utility lines, pipes, and cables marked for free.
- Avoid planting trees underneath power lines or near utility equipment.
Safety is key. Before you start switching on major HVAC appliances, know what is going on with the electrical system of the home. So whether you just disconnect electronics differently or you bring in a professional for an inspection, proper electrical safety keeps you and everyone inside your home safe.
About Front Range Electric
In a world of large companies and impersonal service, we’ve lost the connection to and commitment from local small business operators of days gone by. Ukrainian born Peter Buhkalo revives this personal service, bringing with him the drive and determination of the American Dream, and the promise to deliver to his customers in such a way that their dreams come true, as well. Electrical systems can be confusing, so Front Range Electric strives to be upfront with a clear, no-commission cost structure, a strong work ethic, and a personal touch – you’ll talk directly with Peter or co-owner Charlie Threadgill when you call. That’s making a true connection.