Even though it’s an essential part of life, electricity can also prove to be dangerous, especially for children and the elderly. According to statistics by National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), people over the age of 65 are more likely to be victims of electrical accidents or fires due to electrical accidents. If you live with seniors at home or you are above the age of 55, here are some steps you can take to keep you and your loved ones safe from electrical accidents. 

 

Replace or Repair Damaged Cords

If you notice any damaged cords in your home, replace or repair them immediately as they could be dangerous. If you have any cords with exposed wires, or cords that are warm or hot to the touch, they need to be replaced. Exposed wires in electrical cords can lead to electric shocks. Electrical cords should also not be put under any furniture or carpets. The weight of the furniture can damage and break the cords. Cords under the carpet could overheat and result in a fire. 

 

Unplug Devices Not in Use

Unplug any electrical devices or appliances when they are not in use. This includes phone chargers, laptop chargers, and television cords.

Unplugging unused devices helps save energy and reduces the risk of any overheating and short circuits. Smart plugs are another easy and affordable way to save energy.   This smart home device allows you to control almost any wired appliance on and off through an app on your phone or with a voice command. You can also set up a timer on your smart plug to turn appliances on and off. 

 

Extra Lighting

Dim lighting increases the risk of tripping and other accidents. If you have seniors living in your household, be sure to have additional lighting to help them see better and avoid falls. extra lighting is a necessity in a place where elderly people are living to help them feel safe and comfortable. 

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Kitchen Safety

Many accidents involving electricity happen in the kitchen. This is because there are multiple electrical devices often working simultaneously in the kitchen. Make sure your smaller appliances such as electric kettles, toasters, microwaves are shut down immediately after use to prevent fire hazards and save electricity.  

Check all appliances regularly to make sure they are working properly.  If you notice an appliance is malfunctioning, replace it or get it repaired right away. 

 

Keep Electrical Items Away from Water

Water and electricity are a very dangerous combination. Keep your electrical appliances as far away from water as possible and be sure to unplug them if you can. Always dry your hands before using an electrical appliance or even touching the switch. 

 

Use GFCIs

Ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI) can also be installed. to help prevent electric shocks in the event of an electrical malfunction or accident. GFCIs track how much electricity is usually flowing through a wire or socket, and immediately shut down or interrupt the electricity flow when it notices a sharp increase or a surge. If someone begins to receive a shock, the GFCI senses this and shuts the appliance off before someone is injured. Installing GFCIs can offer protection in a home with seniors. 

 

Install Smoke Alarms

Electrical malfunctions or short circuits can result in a fire. Especially in a home with elders, It’s crucial to have smoke alarms that are working properly so everyone can react immediately and get out of the home safely. 

Smoke alarms are vital in every home, regardless of who is living there. For elders, these alarms should be installed in their bedrooms or rooms where they frequently sit. For elders who have hearing issues, you can install smoke alarms that vibrate if there is a fire. Test your smoke alarms monthly to ensure they are working properly. 

 

If you live with elders and need electrical issues addressed, see A.L.L Electric in Topsham. We offer services like electrical panel upgrades, electrical repairs, and lighting. We also offer pump installation, generator installation, home automation, and more. To learn more about us, you can contact us here