Basic safety precautions: Avoid overloading electrical outlets by providing sufficient electrical outlets, whenever possible, turn off all appliances on the power grid at the end of the working day, turn off and unplug the equipment before cleaning or making adjustments. Without adequate air circulation, electrical equipment can overheat and cause short circuits, and can become an electrical fire hazard. Make sure your appliances have adequate air circulation and avoid running electrical equipment in closed cabinets. For greater electrical safety, it is also important to store flammable objects away from all appliances and electronic devices.
Pay special attention to your electric or gas dryer, as they must be located at least one foot from the wall to operate safely. If you ever have to deal with electrical problems, always cut off the power in the switch box. Before starting work, check that the electrical outlet, device or switch are turned off. Then connect something, operate the switch and use a tester.
It will only take a few seconds to cut off the power and test the circuit. According to the International Electrical Safety Council, arc faults cause more than 28,000 fires in American homes each year, killing and injuring hundreds of people. Circuit breakers with arc fault help prevent these types of fires. Have an electrician install them in your home.