May is Electrical Safety Month

Electricity is an essential part of our lives. It powers everything from the smallest electronics to the largest appliances and tools. And with all that power at our command comes a need to use it safely and responsibly. That’s the idea behind National Electrical Safety Month, a program introduced in the 1990s by the Electrical Safety Foundation International.

Since then, the program has been adopted by the National Electrical Contractors Association and other organizations including OSHA and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

One of the main objectives of Electrical Safety Month is to provide homeowners with heightened awareness of electrical safety. The pros at Allstar Electrical Services want to take the start of summer as a time to review common electrical hazards that exist both inside your home and out.

Know the Signs of Electrical Trouble in Your Home

According to Xcel Energy, house fires occur on an average of twice every day due to electrical failures or circuit breaker malfunction. Most of these fires can be prevented if homeowners recognize the signs of electrical trouble and address them before they result in tragedy. Those signs include:

  • Flickering or dim lights. This can be a sign of loose connections or faulty wiring.
  • Crackling, buzzing or sizzling sounds at receptacles are also signs of bad connections.
  • Warm or discolored wall plates. This is a sign of poor contacts or an overloaded circuit.
  • An acrid or burning odor. Faulty or overloaded wiring can overheat and melt wire coverings.
  • Frequent tripped breakers or blown fuses are clear signs of overloading.
  • Tingling or shocks from appliances, switches, or receptacles indicate serious wiring issues. Unplug appliances or turn off power to the source until the problem is solved.

If you experience any of these symptoms, turn off power to the affected area and call an electrician. The inconvenience is minor compared the potential for disaster.

Use Electricity Safely

Even “safe” wiring can present hazards if not used properly. Here are some do’s and don’ts.

  • Children and pets present special concerns around electricity. Remove temptation by child-proofing outlets and keeping cords away from pets that like to chew on things they shouldn’t.
  • Be sure extension cords are rated for the load they’ll carry and the place they will be used. Route them safely to avoid tripping hazards and damage.
  • Don’t use electric tools and appliances in wet areas including garages, patios, and lawns.

Stay Safe Outdoors

Overhead power lines and outdoor electrical equipment require special attention.

  • Stay at least 10 feet away from power lines when working outdoors.
  • Never touch lines with ladders, tools—or your body.
  • Call before you dig. Dial 811 for free underground utility marking and avoid digging near the markers.
  • Stay away from downed lines. Even damp soil can conduct electricity. Report downed lines or damaged equipment to your utility and call 911 in an emergency.


Electrical safety is a year-round job and electrical problems need prompt attention. Allstar Electrical Services offers rapid response radio-dispatched emergency services 24/7. Call 303.399.7420 or visit our website. We’ve served the Front Range for over 15 years and are top-rated by the BBB.

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