In our more than 30 years of experience as a successful electrical contractor in Atlanta, Ga., we have shared many useful and life-saving tips with our customers regarding electrical safety. As residential and commercial technicians, we value the welfare of our customers and work hard to ensure the safety of the electrical systems in their homes and businesses. Below are five practical tips on how to protect yourself and others from accidentally experiencing an electrical shock.

Cover Your Wall Outlets

This is especially vital if you have very young children or small pets. Make sure the plates covering the electrical wires underneath are firmly bolted to the wall. You have probably heard this advice before, but it bears repeating: Never stick a metal utensil into an electrical socket for whatever reason.

Replace Damaged Electrical Equipment

If your electrical appliance starts to emit small sparks or you experience tiny shocks when using them, consider replacing them or having them repaired by a licensed appliance technician. Avoid using any electrical device with a frayed wire.

Get To Know Your Electrical System

Learn how circuit breakers, fuses and electrical wires are set up in your house so you know where you can safely plug in tools and equipment that draw a lot of power without overloading your system. Use light bulbs that are the required wattage (or lower) for your lamps. Using a bulb that exceeds the recommended maximum wattage can overload the lamp wiring and cause problems elsewhere in your electrical system.

Do Not Overburden Your Electrical Outlets

Avoid overheating by not plugging too many heavy appliances in one power strip or in the same outlet. This can cause a blown fuse or start an electrical fire. If you find yourself always reaching for an extension cord when working in a particular area of your house, consider having a professional technician install an electrical outlet there instead.

Cord Safety

A number of hardware stores sell cord organizers to accommodate varying cord lengths and thicknesses. Use these handy devices to store electrical cords safely and efficiently. When storing cords, make sure they are not twisted or knotted. This might lead to tearing and can cause electrical problems when you use them.

As long-time Atlanta electrical contractors, we have helped thousands of area residents maintain their electrical systems. We take great pride in delivering reliable and professional residential electrical service to families in Metro Atlanta, Knoxville and the surrounding region. As Atlanta technicians who also live and work in this city, we relish our role in maintaining the safety and quality of life in our communities.

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