Your kitchen is often the space for congregating. It’s where the family gathers at holidays, where your children share tales about their day while helping make dinner, and where friends come to share food and stories. With all the time you spend in your Bradenton kitchen, it’s important to take safety precautions with electricity, such as using GFCIs and fixing bare wires.
A ground fault circuit interrupter or GFCI monitors the amount of electricity flowing through a circuit and can cut off the power, preventing the possibility of electrocution. GFCIs are most important in rooms of the home where there are water and electricity, such as the kitchen and the bathroom. GFCIs are used in place of standard outlets, making them simple to install and easy to use.
If you ever notice a certain appliance causes a surge in electricity, creates a spark when plugged in, or gives out a slight shock, it might need to be checked by a qualified technician. The problem usually lies with faulty wiring, and the appliance may even need to be replaced. When dealing with kitchen appliances, it’s important to use them properly, unplug them when not in use, and maintain them.
Extension Cord Safety
This tip goes hand-in-hand with the recommendation to use GFCIs. Most extension cords don’t accommodate GFCIs and are, therefore, less-than-safe for using in the kitchen. For temporary use, extension cords are safe enough, but you shouldn’t use them on a permanent basis.
If you notice any damaged or exposed wires, it’s important to get them repaired or replaced. If you do notice any wire damage, your wiring should be checked by a trained electrician, as the kitchen is a special location that includes both plumbing and electronics.
Every family wants to make sure that their home is safe, and the kitchen is an important place to start. Make sure that your wires are well-covered and you’re properly using GFCIs and extension cords. If you’re in need of an electrical safety check in your kitchen, don’t hesitate to call Luminous Electric at to set up an appointment.