It’s a simple action: you flip a switch and a light comes on. But electricity is anything but simple and it’s important to stay safe when working with it.
1. Cut off the power
One of the basics of electrical safety is to cut off the power at the circuit breaker box before working on anything electrical. This is the only way to ensure that there is no power running to whatever you are working on. Do not forget this step.
2. Avoid using extension cords for long periods of time
Extension cords are fine to use for temporary jobs, but they should not be used as a permanent source of power. If you find you’re consistently using an extension cord in a room, call an electrician and have an outlet installed.
3. Childproof your outlets
If you have young kids, or you plan having young kids in the future, invest in some tamper-resistant receptacles for your outlets. Children are naturally curious and outlets are the perfect size for small fingers to shove things in and get hurt. There are several types of outlet covers on the market, but some of the most effective are spring-loaded and automatically cover the outlet when it’s not in use.