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8 Simple Electrical Tips for a Safer Home

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Even if we know how essential it is to prioritize safety in our homes, it’s easy to forget about it just because we see that things are generally ok around us. As the largest aircon and appliance services provider in the Philippines, we at Teko.ph understand that not everyone knows how electricals work, especially new homeowners. To help you have a safer home, here are 8 electrical tips you must remember to follow:

1. Replace damaged electrical cords

If you notice any fraying or cracks on the cord of your electrical appliance, replace it or contact a professional to repair it. It’s especially important to do this as soon as possible, especially if the damage is located at the plug end since that area typically experiences more wear and tear than other parts.

2. Don’t overload outlets and extension cords

To avoid the risk of an electrical fire, make sure that you never plug too many items into one outlet or extension cord. If there is more than one item plugged in at once, ensure the combined wattage does not exceed the rating of the outlet. 

It’s essential to use an extension cord that has sufficient capacity for your needs. The current rating of the cord will determine how much power it can sustainably manage at one time. If you plug in too many devices in a single cord, it may overheat and may start a fire. 

3. Avoid cheap, substandard extension cords

Extension cords are a convenient solution to our appliance needs, but they can be dangerous if not of good quality. Invest in reliable products from trustworthy manufacturers like Omni or Firefly. They may cost a bit more but you’re sure they’re safe to use.

4. Never run extension cords under rugs

When the wires inside of the cords heat up, they can potentially cause it to catch fire. If you must use one, make sure that all rugs and carpeting are moved away from where you’ll be placing the cord. 

5. Use GFCIs in outlets near water sources

If you have an outlet near water (like in the bathroom or kitchen), you should install a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI). This can help prevent electrocution as it shuts off automatically when it detects an electricity leak.

6. Use surge protectors

If you own valuable electronics like high-end computers or expensive televisions, it’s important to protect them against power surges and lightning strikes with a surge protector. This helps protect against surges by diverting excess voltage away from your equipment and back into the outlet.

This is a good investment especially if you live in an area in the Philippines with occasional surges and sags in electricity. For refrigerators, you should also consider getting an Automatic Voltage Regulator (AVR) for the same purpose. Check this guide to know more.

7. Keep electrical appliances out of children’s reach

Some children will treat things around them as toys, so make sure that electrical appliances are out of their reach. It can be very dangerous for them if they come into contact with the outlet or cord.

8. Never attempt DIY electrical repairs

Unless you’re qualified to do it, never try to do electrical work on your own. DIY repairs may look easy, but they are risky. If an outlet isn’t working, call in a professional electrician. If you have light fixtures that are flickering or buzzing, leave them alone until you can get help from an expert who knows what he’s doing. And if you’re not convinced enough, here are three reasons to hire an electrician, instead of DIY-ing.


Electrical issues are hard to predict at times, and they can result in serious injury or death if they aren’t handled the right way. Fortunately, there are several simple steps you can take today to protect yourself and avoid risks and hazards. By following the tips outlined above, you’re sure to feel more secure in your home. Plus, it will save you money on expensive repairs later!