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Up your safety game with these electrical safety tips for your garage

Sep 08, 2015

Whether using your garage as a workshop or simply as a place to park your car, electrical safety in the garage is an important, must-needed precaution. To ensure the safety of you and your family and increase your electrical awareness, LightingtheQCA.com has put together a list of electrical safety tips for your garage—take a look!

Outlets: All outlets in your garage should be equipped with Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI). In a busy, multipurpose room—like your garage, where shock hazards are all around—GFCIs will cut off the flow of electricity to your outlets when a problem in the circuit is detected, protecting you from electrical shock and other electrical risks. To ensure your electrical system is working properly—and safely—plan on testing your GFCIs at least once every two months.

Circuits: To decrease the risk of a circuit overload in your garage, all large appliances—like refrigerators and freezers—should be on individual, dedicated circuits. In addition to individual circuits, large appliances should NOT be plugged into GFCI outlets. Large circuit loads on GFCI outlets can cause the breaker to trip and power to the outlet to be turned off, resulting in a refrigerator or freezer filled with spoiled food. Instead of GFCI outlets, all large appliances in your garage should be given a dedicated, 20 AMP appliance circuit that is designed to better handle the electrical load these appliances demand.

Lights: To increase the electrical safety in your garage, consider having additional lighting professionally installed in areas where you most commonly perform tasks. Certified contactors and electricians—like the ones on LightingtheQCA.com—can install additional outlets to your garage, making it easy to light up specific areas.

Cords: All extension and electrical cords in your garage should be in good condition; cords should have no cracks, protruding wires or other signs of visible damage. Extension cords made specifically for outdoor use should be the only extension cords used in your garage; indoor extension cords are not equipped to protect you from potential electrical hazards and should never be used to supply power to outdoor tools or lighting.

How electrically safe is your home’s garage? Call one of the many certified contractors and electricians on LightingtheQCA.com and let them help you improve the electrical safety in your garage—and home! Visit our website and find your licensed contractor or electrician today.  

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