The process of moving and setting up your new home can be both exciting and stressful. New appliances, electronics, and other items that require power need to be set up in areas near electrical outlets. As we continue our series of articles discussing electrical safety tips for your new home, we will address extension cords and outlets.

Although tempting, it is important to make sure you do not utilize extension cords throughout your home and avoid overloading your outlets. While extension cords are fine for temporary use, they can wear down and increase your risk of shock or fire. It is far safer to install new outlets where needed. A residential electrician can do this for you.

You also should be careful not to overload your existing outlets. Examples of how an outlet can become overloaded include plugging in multiple high-use items into the same outlet (i.e., refrigerator, dishwasher, etc.), or simply by plugging too many appliances into the same outlet. If an outlet plate feels warm to the touch, that is a sure indicator that the outlet is overloaded. You can ask your residential electrician to check all your appliances/outlets during an electrical safety inspection of your new home.

When you are in need of a licensed electrician, Top Flight Electric is the company to call. Whether you need a commercial electrician for your business or a residential electrician to evaluate and perform work at your home, we can help. In addition to being qualified to conduct an electrical safety inspection and perform all types of electrical work, we are also one of the area’s most trusted Generac dealers. We have a licensed electrician on-call and covering all of Polk County, including Eagle Lake, Lakeland, Haines City, Lake Alfred, Lakeland Heights, Davenport, Mountain Lake, and surrounding areas. Give us a call and we will dispatch a commercial electrician or residential electrician to your home or business today!


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