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Electrical Safety at Home

When it comes to electricity, we all know how important it is to treat it with respect. We love being able to turn on a lamp and have light, or push a button and turn on the TV, but we also know that there is a lot of current behind the walls that makes these things possible. Practicing proper electrical safety can keep you and your family from harm, and at Dipple, we're here to do whatever we can to ensure your Greenville home is safe. If you need a residential electrician to take care of faulty wiring or broken outlets, contact us today!

Electrical Safety Tips for Your Home

Checking Your Cords

There are likely a number of electrical cords in your house, whether they're running from an appliance to the wall or from the wall to your bedside lamp. You may have surge protectors and extension cords plugged into your outlets to expand the reach of your electricity, but it's important to use these in the proper manner. Plugging too many things into an outlet can pose a risk, and frayed or worn cords can be very dangerous. It's best to plug an appliance directly into the wall with its own cord, and when you unplug it, always pull on the plastic plug housing, never the cord itself.

Working On Your Appliances

We want our appliances to run smoothly, and that sometimes requires us to work on and clean them. In the kitchen, you may have a coffee maker, microwave, and toaster that all use electricity to cook your food and make you that first cup of joe in the morning. When cleaning these appliances, it's always a good idea to unplug them first before you wipe them down or take them apart for maintenance. Even when they're turned off, they're still pulling power from the outlet they're plugged into, and it's important to avoid the risk of a shock.

With larger appliances such as your television or your washer and dryer, it's best to call a certified repair service to take care of any issues. Your dryer likely has a 220v plug, and that maintenance should always be left to an experience electrician.

Safety Outside

The electricity for your home has to come from somewhere, and that's usually from overhead power lines outside your home. There is likely a line that runs from the pole in the alley, and it's important to avoid overhead lines whenever you're working outside. If you're trimming trees or working on the roof, be aware of where these overhead lines are so that you can avoid electrocution. If you're playing with the kids in the backyard and they have a kite or a drone, make sure they keep the toys away from the power lines.

If you're concerned about any outlets, wiring, or cords in your home, please contact us today. As your residential electrician, we'll look everything over and provide the proper recommendations for making your home a safer place. We can hook up new appliances and make sure that your circuit breaker is set up correctly for the electrical demands of your house.

We look forward to helping you!