Electrical safety tips for first-time homeowners

Owning a house for the first time is a milestone for any property owner. It is exciting, yet overwhelming at times given the vast responsibility homeownership comes with. Electrical safety is one of those responsibilities, especially for a parent.

The first step to ensuring electrical safety is hiring a reputable electrical contractor for the installation of the electrical system during the new construction phase. The same goes for home renovations. The crucial work of a reliable and licensed electrical company is important for everyone’s safety. Living in a relatively older home requires electrical upgrades that only a professional electrician can carry out.

Importance of electrical safety inspections

Moving into a home the new owner has no plans of remodeling and also requires a thorough electrical inspection. While it is assumed that a house inspection was carried out before closing in on the purchase deal, a thorough electrical inspection conducted by a reputable electrician is still a must.

Only a keen, expert eye could spot existing and potential electrical problems that could jeopardize the safety of the new homeowners. In this respect, it is crucial to seek an electrical safety inspection service so that all hazards could be ruled out and repairs are carried out even before the official move-in.

Know the basics of electrical safety

Knowledge about basic electrical safety is important. Homeowners should familiarize themselves with it, especially the head of the household. Every adult at home should know how to turn off electricity from the electrical panel during emergencies. Everyone should also know what to do in case of electrical trouble.

Parents should educate their children about safety basics such as not allowing any electrical fixture or device to get into contact with anything liquid. In the same breath, children should know what to do in case such a thing occurs. Parents should never assume that these are taught in school.

Childproofing electrical fixtures

Speaking of children, parents should always remind the kids to never bring their electronic devices near water, like the tub, the bathroom, or anywhere water could get into it. They should also teach their children how to safely charge their mobile devices, and that the devices that are being charged should not be left unattended. 

Homeowners should also keep power strips and other electrical fixtures out of children’s reach. As much as possible, children should not be allowed to plug and unplug any type of electrical device. If they are a bit older, parents should tell them how to safely plug and unplug an electrical cord.

Safe electrical receptacles

For families with toddlers and young children, it is crucial to have TRRs or Tamper Resistant Receptacles. This is the most effective way to childproof electrical outlets since curious children can easily remove outlet covers. Bathrooms, kitchens, and outdoor areas should also have GFCI or Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter outlets that could turn off by themselves in case the receptacle or the appliance plugged in it come into contact with water.

If there are not enough power outlets at home, owners should ask a licensed residential electrician to install additional power outlets. Over-reliance on extension cords and power strips can compromise the electrical safety of everyone, especially the children.