Most of us rely on electric energy so much that we may not even recognize an electrical safety hazard in our own homes. Electrical hazards have the power to seriously damage your home and cause severe injury to you and your loved ones. Sometimes, these hazards can’t be seen or smelled so they can be difficult to protect. Fortunately, these hazards can be avoided with the proper precautions. Here are some of the most common household electrical hazards and what you can do to prevent them.

Poor or Defective Wiring

One of the most serious electrical concerns is poor or defective wiring. Signs of improper wire installation include exposed wiring and outlets that work inconsistently. If your home isn’t wired according to safety standards, there’s an increased chance of power surges and electrical fires. This is why it’s important not to attempt any do-it-yourself electrical wiring. If you need the electrical wiring in your home repaired or maintained, make sure to contact a professional electrician to have the job done safely and securely.

Outlets Close to Water

Water conducts electricity, creating an electric shock that can be potentially fatal. All outlets should be placed a fair distance away from any water source. Check the outlets in the bathroom and kitchen to make sure they’re away from the sink or shower. If you think your outlets are too close to a water source, a professional electrician can move your outlet to a more secure location.

Young Children

Babies and toddlers are prone to exploring different parts of your home. Many curious young children may try to stick their hand in an electrical socket. That’s why it’s important for new parents to purchase plastic closures that prevent young children from sticking their fingers or sharp objects into electrical outlets. It’s also a good idea of expecting parents to have their house inspected and repaired by a certified electrician to make sure there are no electrical hazards that could endanger their child.

Preventing electrical hazards is the best way to keep your home safe and comfortable. If you’re concern about the safety of the electrical design in your home, one of the professional technicians at Gavin Electric will address your issue quickly and efficiently. Contact us today for more information about of electrical installation, maintenance and repair services.