Electrical Safety Inspection Checklist
Landscaping, painting, HVAC upkeep - these are all necessary components of effective home maintenance for residents of Roswell, Woodstock and beyond. Just as important are the home's electrical components, which also require regular maintenance. Use a home safety checklist to identify potential problems before they become costly and fatal.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recommends performing these procedures while checking your household's electrical features. The CPSC also suggests going through this electrical safety inspection checklist every six months:
Outlets and Light Switches
- Work your way through the home and make note of any outlets or light switches that aren't working. When an outlet or switch fails, it may be a sign that the wiring behind it is faulty.
- If you touch the outlet or switch, is it warm or hot? This is also a sign that the wiring could be faulty.
- Whenever the outlet or switch components appear to have changed color to look burnt or brown, don't use them.
- If you hear them making any noises, such as a buzzing sound, the wiring is probably loose.
- Are the outlets or switches loose? This is a potential hazard that can lead to overheating and eventually cause a fire.
If any of your switches or outlets show signs of disrepair, contact a professional electrician for help.
- Are the cords in good condition?
- Do the cords run unobstructed by furniture or other objects?
- Have you removed any staples or nails that compress the cords?
- Do cords run around or on top of carpets, not underneath them?
- Do you use extension cords sparingly?
- Do all cords run in a straight line, without purposefully wrapping?
If you can answer yes to these questions, your electrical cords are in good shape. If you answered no to any of these questions, change your practices around the home. Pinched, stapled or nailed cords can lead to damage, overheating and fire hazards.
Appliances, Lighting and Circuits
- Operate your lights and lamps safely by checking the wattage of the bulbs. Never install a bulb with a wattage that's higher than the recommended use.
- Check the appliances in your kitchen. Make sure that the cord to your coffee maker, for instance, isn't close to the stove, where exposure to heat is possible.
- Take note of the number of times electrical breakers have tripped. Tripped breakers or blown fuses can be signs of an overextended electrical circuit.
Your average household contains a number of electrical products. It's always good practice to keep them unplugged when not in use.
Keeping your home's electrical system in good working condition and operating safely often requires expert assistance. Reliable Heating & Air offers Atlanta-area residents a range of electrical services. Our highly trained electricians can diagnose potential problems in your home and safely resolve them. It's also wise to hire an expert when installing new electrical components, such as wiring a hot tub, installing a ceiling fan or making use of a generator.
Follow the steps of this home safety checklist to make sure your home passes inspection, and get expert help when you need it. Reliable Heating & Air is happy to help with electrical, plumbing and HVAC services.