Home Electrical Safety Tips

Buying or selling a home, you should be thinking about electrical safety. Mountains 2 Sea Inspections will thoroughly evaluate and report ALL safety issues. As someone who is in the process of buying or selling a home, you may be thinking about electrical safety. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), electricity is one of the leading causes of home fires. In fact, NFPA actively supports National Electrical Safety Month, an annual campaign in May sponsored by the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI). The ESFI works to raise awareness of potential home electrical hazards and the importance of electrical fire safety. They also work to promote the safety of electrical workers. To help reduce your risk, we recommend that you have all electrical work done by a qualified electrician and inspected by a QUALIFIED building inspector when buying a home.

1. Keep electrical cords in good condition

If you’re a new homebuyer, one of the things you’ll want to do is keep your electrical cords in good condition. Not only will this help keep your home safe, but it will also help save you money on your electric bill. Real estate agents will also tell you that keeping your cords in good condition is one of the best ways to maintain the value of your home.

2. Do not overload outlets

Believe it or not, improper wiring can happen often. In some cases, your electrician can mix neutral and hot wires. Possibly, neutral or ground are also switched. If you are working on the electrical and experience a sudden shock, then you might want to know the following:

  1. Measuring hot – remember to test neutral/ground to hot/ground, otherwise you would not know. If your neutral/ground shows up as 120 volts and your hot/ground shows up volts less then, it is highly likely that the wires have been reversed.
  2. Under load conditions – typically a 2 volt or less is typical. If neutral/ground voltage is 0 volts, check for a neutral/ground connection in the receptacle.
  3. If you want to check neutral and ground loads then check to see which is greater. The greater the load, the more likely a possibly switch has occurred. When your hot/neutral voltage is measured against the load on the circuit and the hot/ground has a greater load, then the neutral and ground are switched. This can cause a safety hazard and the wires should be corrected immediately.

3. Do not use extension cords for large appliances

Extension cords are not meant for large appliances. If you have a large appliance, such as a fridge or stove, that needs to be plugged in, you should use a proper electrical outlet. Extension cords are not meant to handle the amount of power that large appliances require, and using them is a fire hazard.

4. Never stick anything into an outlet

If you’re a new homebuyer, seller, or realtor, you can trust Mountains 2 Sea Home Inspections to give you 100% disclosure of what we find. We use cutting-edge technology to provide you with detailed information about your home as quickly as possible, so that you can make informed decisions. We inspect all types of residential property, from homes of all values to condominiums and townhomes. Our team is certified by InterNACHI® and backed by years of experience. So if you ever have any questions or concerns, we’re always here to help.

5. Be careful when using electrical appliances near water

If you’re using electrical appliances near water, be careful! Water and electricity don’t mix, and you could wind up getting hurt. Always unplug appliances before using them near water, and never touch them with wet hands. If you’re not sure whether an appliance is safe to use near water, err on the side of caution and keep it away from any source of moisture.


Completing a full home inspection to determine all of your electrical system needs should be a priority. Your local home inspection team can determine if wires and electric receptacles, as well as light fixtures, need a change. Ensuring that all electrical systems are up to date is a top priority for your home inspector. Reach out to Mountains 2 Sea Home Inspections for a complete home inspection anywhere in San Diego County

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Now that we know some basic home electrical safety tips, it’s time to put them into practice. If you’re not sure about something, don’t hesitate to call a professional. And remember, always err on the side of caution when it comes to electricity. It’s not worth risking your safety for saving a few bucks.

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