You use electricity to charge your phone, turn on the lights, refrigerate your food and so much more. Though electricity is safe and necessary to use for everyday tasks, it can pose some hazards if you aren’t careful. Keep your home safe by following these 5 Electrical Safety Tips from Your Home Team – Woodfin.

Tip #1: Look out for a burning smell from electrical panel – If you smell smoke coming from your electrical panel, this can indicate an overloaded circuit. Call Woodfin immediately at (804) 730-5000 so we could replace it.

Tip #2: Excessive flickering lights – If your lights begin to flicker regularly, your home’s electrical wiring may need to be upgraded. Call Woodfin at (804) 730-5000 and our expert electricians will fix it!

Tip #3: Replace damaged cords and cables – Damaged cords and cables can lead to electrocution or a fire in your home.If you notice that your cords or cables are damaged or worn out, replace them immediately.

Tip #4: Do not overload electrical outlets – Avoid plugging to many devices into one circuit to prevent the circuit wiring from overheating, the wire insulation from melting or a fire occurring in your home.

Tip #5:  Unplug tools and appliances that aren’t being used – This can save you money on your annual energy bills and help reduce the risk of damage from an unexpected power surge.

These five tips from Your Home Team – Woodfin will keep your home safe. If you were to experience an electrical emergency, call us at (804) 730-5000, and we’ll help you as soon as possible.