Don't Just Change Your Clocks
As the spring season approaches, daylight saving time begins. When this occurs do not just reset your clocks. Do a thorough checkup of your home for electric safety.
KEEP YOUR HOME SAFE. FOLLOW THESE TIPS:
Check for loose-fitting plugs. Replace missing or broken wall plates so wiring and components are not exposed. If you have young children, cover unused outlets with safety caps or install tamper resistant outlets (TROs). TROs have a built-in safety feature that won't allow any object in the outlet except for electrical plugs. If an outlet is not working, it may be an indicator of unsafe wiring. Have an electrician check it out.
GROUND FAULT CIRCUIT INTERRUPTERS (GFCIS)
Make sure GFCIs are installed in your kitchen, bathrooms, laundry, workshop, basement, garage, and outdoor outlets. GFCIs help protect against electrical shock. Use the test and reset button monthly to ensure they are working properly.
SMOKE AND CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS
Make sure smoke detectors are installed in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of your home. Smoke detectors should be tested every month to ensure they are working. If you have fuel-burning appliances in your home, install a carbon monoxide detector. Make sure all your carbon monoxide (CO) detectors are correctly installed, at least one per floor of your house, and more than 10 feet from carbon monoxide sources. Press the Test button on each CO detector to ensure it is drawing electrical power. It will emit high-pitched, loud beeping, usually louder than a smoke detector. Replace batteries when needed.
HERE ARE SOME ADDITIONAL TIPS TO KEEP YOUR HOME SAFE:
- Be sure circuit breakers and fuses are correctly labeled with their amperage and their corresponding rooms, circuits or outlets. Use correct size and current rating for breakers/fuses.
- Increase your fire protection by having a licensed electrician replace your standard circuit breakers with arc fault circuit interrupters - AFCIs.
- Have your furnace cleaned and inspected annually by a licensed professional.
- Make sure all fuel-burning equipment, such as furnaces, stoves, and fireplaces, is vented to the outside to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Check for excessive vibration or movement when the washing machine or dryer is operating. This can put stress on electrical connections.
- Make sure the area around your dryer is clutter free and that the dryer lint filter is cleaned after each load.
- Also make sure the vent to the outside is clear and free of lint. Build up can be a fire starter.
- Don't overlook your basement when it comes to smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.