Electrical Safety Inspection Checklist

May 2, 2013 by Valerie Griffiths
A helpful calendar from the Electrical Safety Foundation

A helpful calendar from the Electrical Safety Foundation. Click to enlarge.

 

As the days grow longer, it’s time to do a little spring cleaning. This season, don’t forget to include your home’s electrical system on the list of things that need tending to! A little forethought goes a long way in keeping your family safe and comfortable through spring and summer months, and beyond.

 

An electrical safety inspection will identify any safety hazards, help to preserve energy and cut costs. It also offers peace of mind by preventing injury or damage to your home.

 

Standard safety checkups are quick and affordable. They often include inspection of your home’s electrical panel, switches and outlets, wiring and circuit loads. A routine inspection will also check for proper grounding, appropriate surge protection and working smoke detectors.

 

Lastly, outdoor circuits and furnace and air conditioner wiring are often examined. This is especially important as warmer weather approaches, and you’re spending more time enjoying those outdoor spaces, or keeping cool indoors with the AC cranking.

 

You should also perform safety checks in your home this spring. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, it’s a good idea to inspect electrical products every six months. Every time you change the clocks, run through this simple electrical safety inspection checklist:

  1. Check for wires that are frayed, damaged or cracked.
  2. Ensure that you’re using the appropriate bulbs in all lamps and lighting fixtures, both indoors and out.
  3. Keep bulbs covered to protect your family from burns, and be sure that fabric and other materials are kept a safe distance from hot bulbs.
  4. Take note of any unusual smells coming from appliances, and seek professional assistance if you notice anything strange.
  5. Test your generator or emergency systems, and show family members how to turn off the electricity in your home in the event of a severe spring or summer storm.

It pays to be proactive, so make your home’s electrical health a priority. Happy Spring!