Electrical Safety Checklist for A New Home – Empowered Global
May 22, 2018
If you’re moving into a new home or apartment, there are so many things to get done to get settled in.
An important step that can’t be ignored is checking your home for electrical safety. It’s an unfortunate
truth that many of us are not aware of the safety of our home’s electrical system and products in our
home, even though electrically-related home fires and incidents resulting in property damage, injuries,
and death every year. Basic knowledge of electrical safety practices and awareness of the potential
hazards in your home is essential for your own well-being. Start with this basic electrical safety checklist
when you move into a new place to make sure your electrical systems are functioning properly and
Outlets and Cords
- Check any cords, plugs, surge protectors, and extension cords for damage or broken
components – replace immediately.
- Plugs should fit snugly into outlets – they shouldn’t need to be forced in or fit loosely.
- Large appliances should be plugged directly into a wall outlet – do not use extension cords or
- Check if all switches and outlets are working properly – improperly operating outlets could
indicate an unsafe wiring condition.
- Check if any outlets are warm to the touch, discolored, or make buzzing or cracking noises – this
could indicate unsafe wiring conditions.
Lighting and Appliances
- Make sure your light bulbs are at or below the maximum wattage listed on your lamp or light.
- Place lamps on a flat, level surface at least a foot from anything flammable.
- Be aware of dim lights or flickering lights, as this is a sign of unsafe wiring conditions.
- Place heat-producing appliances away from anything flammable.
- Unplug kitchen countertop or bathroom appliances when not in use.
- Check that your kitchen exhaust fan is clean and free of lint, grease, or other obstructions.
Other Safety Precautions
- Find your home’s electrical service panel – it is usually located on the exterior of the home,
garage or basement – check for wear and tear, age, and replace if necessary.
- Wet areas, including bathrooms and kitchen, should have ground fault circuit interrupters
(GFCIs) installed, and light switches should be several inches away from water.
- If you have children in your home, consider getting tamper-resistant outlets installed.
Contact A Professional Electrician
If you notice anything wrong with your outlets, lighting fixtures, appliances, or anywhere else in your
home based on this checklist – contact a licensed electrician for assistance. You should check your
home’s electrical system upon moving in and revisit the checklist and regularly inspect your home for
problems periodically. If you wait for a warning sign of a problem to show up, your home may already be
in danger of an electrical fire, safety hazards, or expensive damage. These steps also just cover the
surface level of inspection that can be done in your home, and an expert can do an in-depth inspection and
use their expertise to identify problems. Empowered Global is a licensed electrician company that
can provide you with safe, reliable electrician services in Southwest Florida. Contact us today at 239-
330-4520 to schedule an appointment today.