5 Facts You Should Know for Electrical Safety Month

Posted On: May 20, 2016

landscape of house with lightningMay is Electrical Safety Month, so this is the perfect time to review electrical safety in Boca Raton, FL designed to keep you and your family safe. We’re also inching closer to hurricane season here in Florida, which only places further emphasis on electrical safety. When the wind and rain comes rolling in, you need to know what should be done to ensure you have safe yet reliable electricity in your home, especially when you need it the most. Eliminating electrical hazards in your home this month is one huge step in protecting both the well-being of your family and the preservation of your home.

Reliable Electrical Services is more than happy to help you make your home 100% safe this month. We can make there is not a wire nor fuse out of place. The safety of our customers is, and will always be, our top concern and with the threat of tropical storms increasing, we more than willing to help you prepare. After all, that is the main goal of all our electrical services is to keep you and your family away from danger.

So, What Should You Know This Month?

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there are over 400 electrocutions in the United States each year. Don’t think you won’t be one of those 400. Here are some important facts to consider this Electrical Safety Month that will make you re-think your electricity:

  1. A Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) can prove to be a huge life saver. A GFCI outlet in every home and workplace could prevent nearly 70 percent of the 400 electrocutions that occur each year. GFCI outlets trip electrical circuits when they detect ground faults and leaky currents. This is incredibly helpful when water is near electricity and can prevent electrical shock.
  2. The top electrical safety hazards include: electrical fires caused by aging wiring, misuse of surge protectors, electrocutions from power lines and larger appliances. Please have an electrician perform a safety inspection in your home to eliminate these threats.
  3. Replacing any damaged or aged electrical equipment is ideal at this time of year. Older or malfunctioning equipment can only lead to a higher risk of power outages and electrical fires. You’ll be thankful later when you have durable, safe electrical during the roughest weather of the hurricane season.
  4. This time of year may be perfect for making a splash in your swimming pool, but Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that there have been over 60 electrocutions and 50 serious electrical shocks since 1990. Please keep electrical devices at least 10 feet away from the pool and do not swim during a thunderstorm. Also, make sure the electrical equipment for your pool is grounded.
  5. Make sure your surge protectors and power strips are able to handle the loads for their intended. As much as you can this season, avoid overloading circuits by plugging too many items into the same outlet. This can only heighten the risk of electrical fires.

Contact Reliable Electrical Services today if you want to learn more on how you can improve electrical safety in Boca Raton, FL. And of course, we wish you a happy Electrical Safety Month!