It’s difficult to imagine our modern lives without electricity. We cook dinner and charge our devices so we can stay connected with the world.
When a person comes into direct contact with a source of electricity, the current passes through them, producing a shock. If the current’s voltage is low and the duration of contact short, there may be only minor discomfort. With higher voltage and longer periods of contact, serious injury and even death can occur.
Install outlet covers. If your home was built after 2008, the National Electrical Code requires tamper resistant outlets.
Better safe than sorry: purchase inexpensive outlet covers, regardless of when your home was built. Little fingers won’t be able to remove them, but you should be able to easily pop them out when you need the outlet.
Replace your knob-and-tube wiring. One of the best steps you can take to keep your family safe is to address your electrical system as a whole. If you have knob-and-tube wiring, which is common in older homes, there is an increased risk of short circuits, overloads, and even fire. With an upgrade, you can start with a more secure foundation for you family.
Tell children that electric cords should be left alone. A curious child may put a cord into his or her mouth and could potentially suffer an electric burn. Additionally, kids should know to never pull a plug out of the socket by the cord. This could damage the cord. It is a good idea to leave cords out of sight so children are not tempted to play with them.
Even if you don’t have knob-and-tube, a home inspection is a good idea so you can pinpoint potential trouble spots. We’re here to help with all of this.
Safe, reliable electricity is a must for today’s households. If you have questions or concerns about protecting your home and family, give us a call today.