5 Electrical Safety Tips You Need During Your Move
Moving can be a dangerous activity. In addition, a few home systems might put you at risk, particularly your electrical system.
Don’t assume your new home’s electrical system is comparable to your old home.
Use these tips to ensure you have the power you need and minimize the possibility of risk and injury when making a residential move.
1. Learn How to Turn Off the Power
If you have never needed to turn off the power in the home, you’re not alone. But unfortunately, many people aren’t sure how to use the circuit panel.
Locate the circuit panel. Bigger homes may have more than one. Identify the switches for each circuit and the main breaker.
If you need to turn off the power, you should plan to turn off the main breaker. Also, consider keeping the information of an emergency electrician in case something goes wrong.
2. Don’t Overload the Circuit
Many homes aren’t set up for the kind of power use we want. As a result, it’s easy to overload the circuit.
Overloading a circuit can be dangerous, triggering a shutdown or overheating. If you plug too many things into a single outlet, you may have a big issue.
To avoid this problem, use more than one outlet in each room. Also, consider setting up devices on a different circuit than the one you use for cleaning appliances.
3. Check Your Extension Cords
Extension cords are a common cause of fires due to improper use. Unfortunately, an extension cord that works isn’t necessarily safe for use. They can be old, underpowered, or in poor condition.
Find an outlet close enough to the tool whenever possible, so you don’t have to use an extension cord. However, if you must use one, make it brief and don’t overload the outlet.
If you know you’ll need extension cords for the big day to run something off a generator, buy the best extension cord for the job. It should be able to handle the electrical load with a surge protector.
4. Unplug Cables
When you prepare furniture and appliances for moving, one of the first things you should do is unplug them. Cables can be a serious tripping hazard and moving an appliance before unplugging it is dangerous.
With each cable, wrap it until it is short and use a zip tie to keep it together. If possible, tuck it in, so it doesn’t fall open as you transport it.
5. Mind the Outlets
As you prepare to unplug lamps and appliances, take a moment to feel the outlet. Outlets should feel cool. If they are warm or hot, do not unplug anything. Instead, shut off the circuit at the breaker and contact an electrician.
When you move big furniture or appliances, it’s not uncommon to bump into a wall. So keep an eye out for the outlets, and ensure you don’t crash into them.
If you have young children in the home, keep childproofing tools on the outlets until they leave. But, again, maintaining a safe area is better, especially while focusing on other things.
Keeping your family safe is an essential part of a successful move. For more tips on making your move work well, contact us for a quote.