Most of the homes that we live in with our families were built before modern-day home electronics and the appliances we use today were even invented, which means that the electrical systems our homes were built with were not necessarily built to withstand the demand for energy that most families have today. Bad news: if you don’t maintain your electrical system, it can become a hazard. The good news is that eliminating these hazards doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive.
According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), here are some ways to help eliminate potential electric hazards from your home-
* Make sure entertainment centers and computer equipment have plenty of space around them for ventilation.
* Use extension cords as a temporary solution, and never as a permanent power supply.
* Examine extension cords before each use. Replace cracked or damaged cords immediately.
* Do not place extension cords in high traffic areas, under carpets, or across walkways, where they pose a potential tripping hazard.
* Use a surge protector to protect your computer and other electronic equipment from damage caused by voltage changes.
* Consider purchasing surge protectors with cable and phone jacks to provide similar protection to your phone, fax, computer modem, and television.
* Heavy reliance on power strips is an indication that you have too few outlets to address your needs. Have additional outlets installed by a qualified, licensed electrician.
* Keep liquids, including drinks, away from electrical items such as televisions and computers.