Stay Safe When Working With Electricity in Your Santa Cruz Home

Posted by Lauren Spencer on Tuesday, January 19th, 2010 at 12:10pm.

Chances are you’ll have to work with electricity in your Santa Cruz home at least once.  You might have to replace a broken ceiling fan or install a garbage disposal. 

Always keep these things in mind when with working with electricity:

• Turn off the power at the main panel box.  If you only flip off the switch, you’re in danger of receiving an electrical shock that could prove fatal.

• Use a voltmeter to test the wires after you shut off the power.

• Thoroughly read all the instructions, including the safety information, that come with the item you’re going to install.
• Wear protective equipment like goggles and use only materials intended specifically for that purpose.

• Have an inspector out to look at your work.  It’s better to err on the side of caution with electricity.  For some projects, you may need to hire a licensed electrician.

After you finish the project, it’s a good time to inspect the electrical system in your Santa Cruz home for safety. 

You’ll want to look it over each time the seasons change to ensure that the system is in good working order.

• Look for any frayed or discolored wiring on the cords to your electrical appliances.  If you see anything unusual, you may need to call an electrician to evaluate the situation further.

• Inspect your home’s power outlets for cracks or loose plates. 

• Make sure that extension cords and other plug-ins aren’t overloading the outlet.

• Always run extension cords along the side of the wall, taking care not to place the cord across a doorway, causing a walking hazard.

• Keep all heat-producing appliances, like lamps, away from combustible materials like drapes.

You can work with electricity safely by following these guidelines. 

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