It’s National Electrical Safety Month (May), a good time review electrical safety practices. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), “on average, there are over 400 electrocutions in the United States each year. Of these, approximately 180 are related to consumer products. CPSC research indicates that each year we can expect more than 140,000 electrical fires, which result in hundreds of injuries and deaths. Electrocutions associated with wiring and consumer products cost hundreds of lives annually.” 1
Here are some Electrical Safety Tips from Mister Quik, your Central Indiana Electrical Experts:
- Unplug unused appliances and store cords safety out of reach from young children and pets.
- Heat generating appliances, such as televisions and computers, should be given several inches of clearance to ensure good air circulation and cooling. Do not drape clothes or other items over warm appliances.
- Follow appliance instructions carefully. Never attempt amateur repairs or upgrades.
- Keep electrical appliances away from water: sinks, bathtubs, pools or overhead vents that may drip.
- Do not operate any electrical appliance with wet hands or while standing in water.
- Always keep clothes, curtains, and other potentially combustible materials at away from radiators, space heaters, heating vents and other heat sources.
Electrical home projects can be tricky and often dangerous for homeowners to do themselves. If you have an electrical project, give Mister Quik a call. We have the expertise and can handle your job safely and efficiently.