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Electrical Safety: Kitchen Edition

Electrical Safety

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 electrical safety.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

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