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Room-by-Room Electrical Safety Checklist: Fire Prevention Week

by Hickerson Brothers on October 5, 2018

 Room-by-Room Electrical Safety Checklist

If your home were to undergo an electrical safety inspection today, how confident are you that it’d pass? It’s important to think about these things, because the safety of you and your family matters. Nearly 51,000 house fires occur each year, accounting for 500 deaths, more than 1,400 injuries, and amounting to over $1 billion in property damage (ESFI).

At Hickerson, we strive to ensure our customers, and all homeowners for that matter, don’t become a statistic. While October is mostly known for its fall and Halloween festivities, for us, October is important because it’s when National Fire Prevention Week occurs. All week long we’ll be delivering content across our social media channels that is specifically geared towards helping you create a safer space at home.

As part of an introduction, we’re giving you a simple electrical safety checklist to complete alongside your family.


  • Smoke detectors are installed inside each bedroom as well as directly outside them.
  • Smoke alarms are interconnected, meaning when one sounds, they all sound.
  • Electrical cords are not bundled or wrapped together.
  • Lamps are in good condition. Replace any appliance with damaged cords.
  • Outlets are installed no more than 12 feet apart, and are in working order (including no loose or frayed wiring).
  • A wall switch is installed at the entryway of each bedroom door, controlling either a ceiling fan or light.
  • All ceiling fixtures are properly installed.
  • Window A/C units have their own electrical circuit to prevent overloading.
  • All portable heating appliances are located in the appropriate place, i.e. away from curtains, furniture and clothing.
  • All heating pads are properly stored.


  • All bathrooms have been properly outfitted with GFCI outlets.
  • All appliances are working properly. If there is a damaged hairdryer or straightener, replace it immediately.
  • All lighting fixtures and light switches have been installed correctly.
  • Portable heaters should not be used in bathrooms. If needed, install a fixed heating fan instead.


  • All regular and GFCI outlets have been installed correctly.
  • All lighting fixtures and switches are in working order.
  • There is no loose or frayed wiring.
  • All appliances are working properly. This includes small appliances such as your toaster, blender, coffee machine, etc., as well as larger appliances like your refrigerator, stove, and oven.
  • Refrigerator coils are clean, and there is room for air circulation.
  • Oven and stovetop are clear of debris.
  • A smoke detector is installed at least 10 feet from a cooking appliance. This is to prevent the sensors from setting off a false alarm.

Family Room

  • All light switches and outlets are working properly. There should be no frayed or damaged wiring.
  • Smoke detectors have been tested to ensure they’re working.
  • For households with children, there should be tamper-resistant receptacles (TRRs) to prevent shock.
  • All appliances and entertaining equipment are in good condition. Again, there should be no frayed or damaged wiring.
  • Surge protectors are installed to prevent damage to your appliances.
  • If portable heating units are used here, they are kept away from curtains and furniture.

All of the above are tasks you can do as a homeowner. By going through this easy electrical safety checklist, you can get to know your home better. If you come across anything that needs repairing, leave the job to a licensed electrician. Mishandling wiring can lead to electrocution as well as an electrical fire. If you’d like a professional home safety inspection done on your home, schedule an appointment with Hickerson today. We recommend having an inspection completed when:

  • Your home is 40 years or older.
  • You’re getting close to purchasing a home.
  • You’re planning to install a new appliance.
  • Your home has undergone a renovation.

An electrical safety inspection will not only help in repairing potential fire hazards, it will also allow you to see areas where you can improve on efficiency. If you’re wanting to purchase a home, it is especially important to have a professional look at the ins and outs of the electrical system so that you can know if the home is a bust. The last thing you want to do is invest in a home that needs way more work than you’re ready for.

Consider Hickerson Brothers your go-to source for all things electrical. Whether you need us to complete a simple repair, add GFCI outlets to your newly remodeled bathroom, or install a new electrical panel, rest assured we’ll get the job done to your ultimate satisfaction. Schedule your appointment today by calling us at 703-594-3913!

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