Don’t be shocked by these practical pointers for your home

May is Electrical Safety Month and Grant PUD is dedicated to promoting a healthy respect for electricity and increasing awareness about potential electrical hazards.

With new technology emerging each day, electricity has an ever-increasing presence in our lives. As reliance on electricity grows, so does the potential for electrical safety threats. According to the Consumer Electronics Association, the average home today has three televisions, two DVD players, at least one digital camera, one desktop computer and two cell phones.

We all know how reliant we are upon our electrical products, but if you don’t properly maintain them, you could be shocked by the outcome. The good news is that eliminating electrical dangers in your home doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive.

Grant PUD offers the following tips to help identify and eliminate electrical hazards to protect yourself, your family and 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.
  • 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.
  • Keep liquids, including drinks, away from electrical items such as televisions and computers.
  • To determine when your electrical system was last inspected, check the label on the cover of your electrical service panel.
  • Increase your fire protection by having a qualified, licensed electrician replace your standard circuit breakers with combination-type arc fault circuit interrupter (AFCI) breakers.
  • Have your furnace cleaned and inspected annually by a licensed, qualified professional.
  • Clean the dryer lint filter after each load, and keep the area around the dryer free of clutter.
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