If you don’t know the rules, working with electricity on or near a home can be hazardous. These tips will help you to work safely and effectively when doing projects on your home.

Safety is Crucial

In any DIY project, safety is of concern, but this concern is especially heightened when working with an electrical system inside your home. The level of danger when working around electricity should not be underestimated, as there is always a level of danger of getting shocked. It is very important to take many precautions when doing home improvement projects on your home and only practice basic wiring. If the wiring exceeds your knowledge, you must leave the installation and repairing to a professional or licensed electrician.

Updating  Old Equipment is a Must

When electricians work on your home, they may recommend that you upgrade an old home device with a newer one to enhance safety in your home. For example, a GFCI, or ground fault interrupter, is an electrical device that cuts the power off to your home when it senses an imbalance, or something strange on the line. Electrical codes require that homes have GFCI protection in an area prone to wetness, like kitchens, bathrooms, and basements. The problem is, many older homes don’t have this amenity. You can protect these areas of your home by replacing old outlets with the GFCI or installing ground circuit breakers in your home’s electrical panel. A GFCI works more efficiently than a circuit breaker as it response to electrical current variations that would be too small to be detected by the circuit breaker.


Handling Plugs and Cords

Grasp the plug itself and not the actual cord when removing a plug from a socket. Pulling the cord causes the wires inside the cord to short circuit and can shock you. It is a fire hazard as well. Never run cords under carpets. This is another fire hazard that can cause frayed cord wires. Any frayed electrical cords should be replaced or repaired. Never use electrical appliances in wet places. If you absolutely must, use a portable GFCI outlet. Never use too many plugs in one outlet. Use a power strip and if possible but one with a built-in circuit breaker for added protection.

Electrical Inspection

After any project you do in your home regarding electricity, have it checked out by a professional. They will check for how the system is wired, how neat the job is, and indicate whether or not it meets safety standards. The inspector will check the main electrical panel and any junction boxes to ensure that everything is grounded properly. No matter how small the violation, if any are found you will need to repair them before an inspector can approve your electrical system.


Joel Cobb, owner of AmeriServ is Atlanta’s most trusted Home Services Company, providing Residential and Commercial Electrical Services as well as Residential and Commercial Garage Door Repair, Service and Install.