Monthly Archives: May 2015

Electrical Safety Tips for a Safe Summer in Charlotte

Office Binder House Family Thunderstorm SafetyWe may not be able to agree on which summer treat is the yummiest or whether it’s more fun to swim in a pool or at a beach, but I think we can all agree that we want to have a safe summer! Our local electricians know that there are certain electrical safety hazards that are most often presented in the summertime, and we want to help you keep safe. Read over these summer electrical safety tips and share them with your family and friends!

Charlotte Indoor Electrical Safety Tips

  • Use your extension cords properly. Never use a damaged, frayed, or taped cord.
  • Plug major appliances such as dishwashers, air conditioners, washing machines, and refrigerators into grounded outlets.
  • Make sure that all rooms that have plumbing or could become damp are equipped with GFCI outlets. This includes rooms like bathrooms, laundry rooms, garages, basements, and kitchens.
  • Leave electrical installations like lighting fixtures and ceiling fans to licensed electricians.

Charlotte Outdoor Electrical Safety Tips

  • Make sure all connections to your pool or hot tub are fully grounded. Call Douthit Electrical to wire your pool or hot tub safely if needed.
  • Keep all electrical appliances and toys away from pools and hot tubs. This means no electronic handheld games in the pool!
  • Never touch a power line with a part of your body or any object. Be especially careful when using a ladder that it does not touch a power line.
  • Make sure your children know not to climb trees near power lines.
  • Don’t let children climb or play around utility poles.
  • Only allow children to fly kites or play with airborne toys in wide-open spaces far away from any power lines.

Charlotte Thunderstorm Safety Tips

  • Unplug electrical appliances that you don’t immediately need. Consider getting surge protection in Charlotte  to protect your appliances and electronics from serious damage.
  • Avoid bathing, showering, and running water during a storm.
  • Draw blinds during a severe storm to help protect yourself in case of broken windows.
  • Take shelter, preferably in a structure that has wiring or plumbing to ground it from lightning.
  • Report downed power lines when you see them, but never approach a downed power line or electrical substation.

We know you’ve heard it before, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. Operate on the side of caution, and if you have concerns about the electrical safety at your home or business, give Douthit’s residential and commercial electricians a call. Enjoy all that summer in Charlotte has to offer…but do it safely!

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Prevent an Electrical Safety Hazard by Using Extension Cords Correctly in Charlotte

Electric Extension Cord Isolated On White BackgroundThousands of people are treated in hospitals each year because of injuries caused by extension cords. While extension cords can be useful and convenient, people must be aware of the dangers that they present so that they can be used properly. Before an injury occurs in your home, learn about the risks associated with extension cords and how to use your extension cords properly to prevent an electrical emergency in Charlotte. 

The Dangers of Extension Cords

Fires – Most fires that erupt because of an extension cord are due to misuse, overloaded cords, damaged cords, or short circuits. Here’s what you can do to prevent your extension cords from starting a fire:

  • Replace any extension cord that is cracked, frayed, or damaged in any way. Don’t use a cord that has been “repaired” with tape.
  • Never run an extension cord near a heater or radiator.
  • Don’t overload your electrical socket.
  • Only use exterior extension cords outdoors. Many fires occur simply because an interior extension cord is being used outside.
  • Feel your extension cord while it is being used. Is it hot? If so, replace the cord with a heavier gauge wire that can handle carrying more electrical current.
  • Use extension cords only temporarily.
  • Avoid powering air conditioners or other high energy-using appliances with extension cords. The cords can burn out from the heavy use and start a fire. Consider getting a new outlet installed  by the electricians at Douthit Electrical to avoid needing an extension cord.

Tripping – Injuries like fractures, concussions, lacerations, and sprains occur when people trip over extension cords. Here’s how to prevent people from tripping on extension cords at your home:

  • Never place extension cords in heavily trafficked areas.
  • Thread extension cords behind furniture so that they are out of the way.
  • Run cords along walls or baseboards.
  • Don’t run extension cords under rugs.
  • Make sure outdoor extension cords don’t run across walkways.

Electrical Burns – Unfortunately, most electrical burns caused by extension cords happen to young children. Electrical burns can be serious and may even require surgery. Here’s how to make sure no one in your home suffers an electrical burn because of an extension cord:

  • Ensure that no extension cords are within reach of small children. Babies and small children don’t understand the danger and may be tempted to put the cord into their mouth.
  • Don’t place cords so that they dangle over countertops or tables within reach of children.

We hope that these electrical safety tips help prevent some unnecessary injuries. At Douthit Electrical, electrical safety is our number one priority, and we would love to help you make your home’s electrical system safer in Charlotte—just give us a call today!

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