The New Year is just around the corner, and the time to make resolutions is here. While some people make resolutions regarding mental or physical health, others choose to make resolutions that improve safety for themselves or their family members. The following safety-related changes and upgrades can help homeowners hoping to have a safe and happy 2015.
Install GCFI and ACFI Outlets
Ground Circuit Fault Interrupter outlets, also known as GCFI outlets, provide protection for people from electrical shock. GCFI outlets are designed to shut down when an imbalance in the current flowing from hot to neutral is detected. GCFI outlets are commonly installed in bathrooms, kitchens, outdoor areas and in areas of the home where moisture is common.
Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter outlets (ACFI) shut down when electricity in the outlet is turned into heat that could potentially result in a fire. ACFI outlets are common in the bedroom and guest room areas of the house, and in any location where people commonly sleep.
Both ACFI and GCFI outlets are commonly found in contemporary homes; however, they are much less common in older homes. To have these types of outlets installed in your home, contact a qualified electrician like Advantage Electric.
Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, approximately 170 people die each year of carbon monoxide poisoning in non-car related incidents. Carbon monoxide poisoning can occur when an appliance that runs on gas, such as the furnace or stove, suffers a malfunction that results in a gas leak. You and your family can avoid falling victim to carbon monoxide poisoning by installing carbon monoxide detectors in each room of your home. Change the batteries in your carbon monoxide detector once annually to prevent the batteries from dying.
Purchase Fire Extinguishers
Keep a fire extinguisher accessible in the kitchen, garage or shed, and near the fireplace. The fire extinguisher should be easy to access and must be checked once per month to ensure it has adequate pressure. When the pressure in the fire extinguisher drops to unsafe levels, it must be replaced.
Make a Household Escape Plan
Devise a plan of escape for all your family members in the event of a fire. Rehearse the escape route with each family member multiple times to ensure that each person knows what he or she must do to remain safe in the event of a fire.
Good luck with your New Year's resolutions, These safety-related household changes and upgrades will help you have a safe and healthy year in 2015.