Electrical Safety Checklist for Spring Time Cleaning
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Electrical Safety Checklist for Spring Time Cleaning

Electrical Safety Checklist for Spring Time Cleaning

With spring fast approaching, most homeowners will want to ensure that their properties are not only clean but also safe when it comes to their homes’ electrical systems. This handy checklist will enable you to perform your spring cleaning as safely as possible from an electrical perspective.

#1 – Always Keep Power Cords and Appliances Away from Water

Regardless of the type of electrical equipment you are dealing with, it is never a good idea to work with them near a water source. If you have had the misfortune of having an appliance or power cord that has been in water, it must be allowed to completely dry out before obtaining advice from a qualified electrician regarding whether it will be safe to use again or not.

#2 – Clean the Exhaust Hood on Your Stove

After only being able to cook indoors for a few months, chances are that your stove’s exhaust hood will be quite grimy. Not only does this look unsightly, it will also cause the exhaust hood to not perform as efficiently as it should. You will need to remove the hood and filter and use a manufacturer-approved degreaser. Always ensure that the stove’s power is turned off before disassembling the hood.

#3 – Clean Out Dryer Ducts

Clogged dryer ducts are a leading cause of house fires. If you are not able to get down and reach or access your dryer ducts safely, it is recommended that you hire a professional to clean them out at least once every six months. This will also enable your dryer to perform optimally.

#4 – Vacuum Refrigerator Coils

When a refrigerator’s coils become clogged with dust, dirt, and grime, they are not able to function as well as they should. In addition, they can overheat, which could result in a fire breaking out. Once you have vacuumed these coils and cleaned them properly, your refrigerator will most likely be more energy-efficient as well.

#5 – Examine Power Outlets and Power Strips

Most people are guilty of plugging too many appliances or electronic gadgets into a single power outlet or power strip. All power outlets and power strips should be examined periodically to ensure that no overheating has taken place. Signs of overheating can include if they feel warm to the touch, if there are burn marks visible on them or if power cords leading to these devices are discolored.

#6 – Don’t Attempt Electrical Repairs Yourself

Although it can be tempting to try and perform electrical repairs on your own to save money, this is not recommended. While it is acceptable for homeowners to change light bulbs and fuses, replacing electrical fixtures and rewiring are projects that are best left to qualified and experienced electricians.

Before agreeing to have an electrician perform any projects in your home, it is essential to check that the technician is qualified, experienced and insured. This will ensure that all work is carried out according to current electrical and safety standards and that those projects are completed correctly.

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