Did you know that roughly half of all house fires start in the kitchen?
A majority of these fires are due to electrical reasons and people misusing
their appliances. If you would like to avoid starting a fire in your home,
make sure you brush up on your kitchen
Socket Placement – All of your kitchen's electrical sockets should be at least one foot
away from the sink. The last thing you want is water splashing from the
faucet onto an electrical outlet.
No Wrapping – Small appliances like toaster ovens, toasters, and coffeemakers will all
heat up during operation. Avoid wrapping their power cords around the
appliances and putting them away until they have completely cooled off.
Unplug – Never attempt to repair an appliance while it is still plugged into an
electrical outlet. The first step in any repair is to unplug the appliance
to avoid an electric shock or spark.
Overloading – Take a look at each electrical outlet in your home and assess what is
plugged into them. Then check your electrical panel to see which outlets
are a part of what circuits. Try to only have one major appliance hooked
up to each circuit. More than one can cause breakers and fuses to constantly
trip or blow out.
Plan B – Sometimes things can go wrong and electrical fires can start on their
own. Make sure you have a working smoke detector in the kitchen to warn
you when a fire does ignite.
Knowing the proper electrical safety in your kitchen will help keep you,
your family, and your home safe from a fire. When you need an electrician
to repair or service your home's electrical system, contact Lancaster
Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electrical. To learn more, or to schedule
an appointment, give us a call at (717) 207-9952.