How to Avoid Electrical Shocks & Test Your GFCIs

Electrical shocks that can occur in your own home can be deadly. It’s important to take precautions to ensure that you and your family are not at particular risk for electrical shocks. Learn how to test your GFCIs and use these tips from our expert electricians to help prevent electrical shocks in Abbeville.

How to Test Your GFCIs in Abbeville

  • First, choose a small electrical device such as a nightlight and plug it into your GFCI outlet and make sure it turns on.
  • Now press the “test” button on the GFCI. Your electrical device should turn off when you do so.
  • Hit the “reset” button to turn the device back on.
  • If pressing the “test” button does not turn off your electrical device then your GFCI is not working properly and you should contact your local electrician.

Tips on Preventing Electrical Shocks

  • Install GFCIs where needed. 
  • Throw away old appliances. Even if they are still in working order, old appliances may pose a safety hazard because electrical wiring insulation inside them may have deteriorated over the years.
  • Use socket plugs to cover unused sockets. Whether you have children or may have a child visit your home on occasion, it is wise to have these outlets covered.
  • Always unplug appliances before you clean them. Remember to unplug your toaster before sticking something inside to retrieve a lodged food item.
  • Learn how to use extension cords properly. 
  • Never attempt electrical work without a professional electrician. 
  • Call Pipes & Plugs to discuss any other electrical safety concerns.

At Pipes & Plugs, electrical safety is our top priority. If your home needs an electrical upgrade for safety reasons, give our licensed electricians a call today!