Preventing Electrical Shocks & How to Test Your GFCIs in Charlotte

Dangerous SituationDepending on your overall health and the severity of an electrical shock, you could be seriously injured or even killed. An electrical shock can happen to anyone, so even if you don’t have children in your home it is a good idea to take precautions to prevent electrical shocks. Use these tips from our Charlotte electricians to get started and if you need more help with electrical safety at your home, give Douthit Electrical a call!

Preventing Electrical Shocks in Charlotte

  • Cover electrical sockets that you’re not using. If you have sockets at home that you don’t use, purchase some socket plugs to cover them up. These socket plugs are inexpensive and help to prevent electrical shocks that occur when someone places an object, like a paperclip, into the socket. Even if you don’t have children at your home, you may have one visit someday, so it’s wise to just cover up these outlets now so that you don’t forget about the danger later on.
  • Throw away old appliances. Even if the microwave, curling iron, or hair dryer that you bought decades ago still works, the insulation on the wires may have deteriorated over the years. Old appliances can create the risk for electrical shock and also have a tendency to be less efficient than their newer versions.
  • Always unplug your appliances before you clean them. Water is a great conductor of electricity, so you should never clean an appliance while it’s still plugged in. Keep in mind too, if you need to dislodge a slice bread from your toaster, you must unplug it before you go digging inside with a fork.
  • Never operate an appliance in a wet environment. Learn which areas of your home need GFCIs (ground fault circuit interrupters). 
  • Test your GFCIs regularly. Make sure that your GFCIs are ready to cut off the electrical current if needed by testing them. Here’s how:
    • Plug a small electrical device like a nightlight or hair dryer into your GFCI outlet and make sure it turns on.
    • Press the “test” button on your GFCI. The electrical device should turn off right away.
    • Press the “reset” button on your GFCI. The electrical device should turn back on immediately.
    • If, when you press the “test” button, your electrical device does not turn off immediately, your GFCI is not working properly and you should contact an electrician.

At Douthit Electrical, electrical safety in Charlotte is our top priority. For help making the electrical system in your home safer, give our licensed electricians a call today!

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