Home Remodeling safer after home safety checkups and renovation

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Home Remodeling safer after home safety checkups and renovation

Does your home need to be repaired or renovated? Think SAFETY FIRST.

  • Hire a professional electrician to make any improvements or additions to the electrical system. Even tasks that appear simple, such as the installation of a baseboard heater or additional electrical outlets, can be more difficult than they appear.
  • If your are constantly blowing fuses or popping circuit breakers, it is time for you to contact your electrician. These are signs of electrical problems that could cause a fire. Do not take risks.

During your renovations, remember that you can avoid risks by scrupulously respecting the following tips offered by Hydro-Québec:

  • Do you need to hammer nails or cut an opening in a wall? Shut down the electric circuits that serve the room where you are working.
  • Before repairing an electric device, disconnect it!
  • The circuits of your power distribution panel should be clearly marked to show the rooms and items serviced by each circuit.
  • Do you need to work in rooms containing water – like the kitchen or bathroom? Because water is an excellent conductor of electricity, you should take the required precautions:
    o ensure that all surfaces are clean and dry
    o ensure that your feet are dry
    o connect your electric tool to an outlet equipped with a differential circuit breaker
    o ensure that electric cords and extension cords do not make contact with any pool of water.
  • Do you need to replace a fuse? Before replacing a blown fuse, be sure that you have a replacement fuse of the same rating, place the master switch in the OFF position, and, before restoring current, reduce the load by disconnecting a few electrical devices. If a circuit breaker pops, this same technique must be used, and the short circuit must be found.

ELECTRICITY – BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY

Today’s life is chock full of a multitude of small repetitive acts, most of them completely ordinary, where electricity plays a lead role. Now, although “electricity” is not a synonym for “danger”, it can nevertheless bring about accidents of many kinds, from insignificant to life threatening.

By following Hydro-Québec’s tips for household security, you will be able to avoid accidents and truly enjoy a power source that will give you both comfort and well-being.

Household Security: Remember…

  • Keep your eyes open at all times. In your home, there are many sources of danger, and the possibilities of an accident wherein electricity is a causal factor are numerous. Rooms where water is present – bathrooms, kitchens – require greater vigilance because the presence of water increases the risk of electric shocks. Be careful when using electrical equipment in these rooms: dry your hands as well as possible, and do not allow any electrical appliance or tool to make contact with water.
  • Do not use any electrical apparatus whatsoever – hair dryer, razor, etc. – in the bathroom if the electric outlet is not equipped with a protection system (differential circuit breaker).
  • Always unplug electric cooking devices (electric frying pans, casseroles, etc.) before cleaning them.
  • Always disconnect the humidifier, steam iron, and coffee machine before filling them with water.

Overloaded circuits cause headaches!

  • Do you use several electrical devices? Use several different electrical outlets.
  • Do you have unused electrical devices? Unplug them.
  • Do you need additional outlets? Use a power bar equipped with a surge protector.
  • Is your device already plugged in? Use extra caution.
  • Did a slice of bread get caught in the toaster? Disconnect the toaster BEFORE removing the bread.
  • Does a light bulb need to be changed? Unplug the lamp BEFORE removing the old bulb.

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