It’s near impossible to imagine life today without the wonders of electricity. From powering everyday appliances like your refrigerator to ensuring we have enough “juice” in our mobile devices, electricity truly has helped improve our lives at home.
Unfortunately, electricity itself can present several safety hazards, especially when used incorrectly. This is why many respected electricians, such as the ones from Electrical Experts, remind homeowners to be cautious when using their electrical outlets. Many homeowners do not realize that they are violating electrical safety standards in their own homes. Some mistakes they make include:
Not Using GFCI Outlets Outdoors
If you have a beautiful outdoor living space in your home, there is a good chance that you have a few outlets located outside your house. If so, make sure that they are GFCI (Ground Faults Circuit Interrupters) outlets. These outlets are designed to protect both your home and your appliances from any electrical surges or malfunctions that may be caused by the elements. It is highly advisable that you have GFCI outlets installed in the bathrooms and kitchen as well due to the constant presence of water in these rooms.
Having Ungrounded Three-Prong Outlets
The third prong on an outlet is what is known as ‘the ground’, which provides an electric current an alternate path should things go awry. This is an important safety feature as it helps minimize the risks of electric shocks. Similarly, the presence of the third prong helps surge protectors protect your appliances and electronics.
Wiring is Too Close to Wooden Frames
At the very least, in-wall wiring should be 1 ¼ inches away from wooden frames. This is to prevent any drywall screws or long trim nails from hitting the insulation of the wiring and causing short-circuits. If this is not possible for any reason, you may want to ask an electrician to protect your wiring with nail plates.
Electrical Safety at Home, esasafe.com
9 Common Wiring Mistakes and Code Violations, finehomebuilding.com