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Home Safety Check List

Posted on 9 February, 2016 at 15:40


Home Safety Checklist ( Download Here)

Protect your family from fire and other electrical hazards by using this complimentary short checklist below.

1. CHECK THE WATTAGE OF ALL BULBS IN YOUR LIGHTS.

*Are the bulbs the appropriate wattage for the size of fixtures? A bulb of too high wattage may

lead to fire through overheating.

2. CHECK ALL LAMP CORDS AND EXTENSION CORDS

*Are cords placed out of the walking areas and free of furniture resting on them? Tripping hazard

may result. Also, stepping on cords or placing furniture on them can cause damage and create

fire hazard.

*Are cords in good condition (not damaged or cracked)? Shock or fire hazards can result from damaged

cords. Do not attempt to repair cords yourself. Take any item with a damaged power cord to an authorized

repair center, call us or safely dispose of the item and purchase a new one.

*Are cords unwrapped? Tightly wrapped cords can lead to overheating.

*Are all extension cords being used only on a temporary basis? Extension cords are not safe as permanent

house wiring. Have receptacles installed where they are needed.

3.CHECK ALL WALL OUTLETS AND SWITCHES

*Are all outlets and switches working properly? Improperly operating outlets or switches indicate that

an unsafe wiring condition may exist.

*Are all outlets and switches cool to touch? Unusually warm outlets or switches may indicate an unsafe

wiring condition exists.

*Do you hear crackling, sizzling, or buzzing from your outlets? Give us a call to identify the cause.

*Are all outlet and switch cover plates in good condition? Replace any missing, cracked or broken

cover plate.

4. CHECK ALL COUNTER TOP APPLIANCES

*Are all appliance cords placed away from hot surfaces? Pay particular attention to cords around toasters,

ovens, and ranges. Cords can be damaged by excess heat.

*Are all appliances located away from the sink? Electrical appliances can cause a shock if they come in

contact with water. Plug kitchen appliances into GFCI protected outlets.

5. CHECK ALL LARGE APPLIANCES

*Have you ever received even a slight shock (other than one from static electricity) from any appliances?

Do not touch the appliance until it has been checked by an electrician.

*Is there excessive vibration or movement when the washer or dryer is operating? Movement during

operation can put undue stress on electrical connections.

6. CHECK FOR TAMPER RESISTANT (TR) OUTLETS

* Canadian Electrical Code requires temper resistant outlets to be installed throughout your home.

(Certain exclusions apply) If you have small children it is recommended to have TR outlets installed if

your home was built prior to this code requirement.

7. CHECK FOR THE PRESENCE AND PROPER PLACEMENT OF SMOKE/CO ALARMS AND TEST

EACH ONE AT LEAST ONCE A MONTH.

*Smoke/CO alarms should be located on every level of home, inside each bedroom, or outside each sleeping area.

(Certain Code requirements apply)

8. CHECK FOR GROUND FAULT CIRCUIT INTERRUPTERS (GFCIs)

*Are the bathroom outlets protected by GFCIs? GFCIs should be installed in kitchens, bathrooms, and other areas

where the risk of electric shock is high.

*If you have any GFCIs, do you test them regularly? GFCIs must be operating properly to protect against electrocution.

Test your GFCIs at least once a week.

9. CHECK YOUR BREAKER BOX

*Is your fuse box or circuit breaker box appropriately labeled? Labeling helps easily identify what circuits power each room.

*Does everyone of appropriate age know where the fuse box or circuit breaker box is located and how to turn off and

restore power to home?

*Are you regularly resetting tripped circuit breakers? Circuit breakers that are constantly tripping indicate that the circuit is

overloaded or that other electrical hazards exist. Consult a qualified, licenced electrician.

*Is your home protected by Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCIs)? AFCIs are devices that replace standard circuit breakers

in the electrical service panel and that greatly reduce the risk of home electrical fires. If you are interested in having AFCI

protection added to your home, consult GMO Electrical Services.

10. SAFETY FIRST

*This list is provided for your convenience to be able to identify some electrical hazards that may exist in your home.

As this list does not or intended to cover all possible hazards, if at any time you are in doubt, please give us a call

we will be glad to help. Consultations and estimates are always free of charge!

 

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