Skip Nav Whether you’re keeping the lights on a little longer, doing more cooking in the kitchen or using on your computer more often, we all may be finding ourselves experiencing new habits as we stay indoors instead of going off to work or elsewhere like we’re accustomed to. Another new habit we should be instilling during a time of home isolation (due to COVID-19) is to pay closer attention to our usage of electricity and electrical components in order to Stay Electrically Safe and Smart. Here are a few tips from Bill’s Quality Electric, LLC that will aid in helping you do just that: First, be careful with where you plug things in. Always watch your wattage to avoid overload with an outlet, a power strip, or a lightbulb size in a lamp that’s left on a little longer. Overload leads to electrical fires if left unattended. And always remember to only use an extension cord for temporary usage and not long term; that is what they are designed for. Second, whether you’re in the bedroom or living room with a laptop or other device, be sure not to leave them on flammable surfaces such as a bed or chair, to reduce the risk of electrical fires. Third, if you’re doing more cooking than usual, be sure to use those appliances carefully according to manufacturers instructions, unplugging to clean. And please remember not to put a metal fork or knife in a toaster while it’s plugged in, which can cause electrical shock. Keep flammable materials such as oven mitts, dishwashing cloths and other textiles away from the stove top to avoid fires. As we all have been adjusting to life in-home longer term, let’s stay aware and mindful of our electrical usage to avoid electrical fires and electrical shock. It can make all the difference in keeping our stresses lower amid such trying times. For more tips on electrical safety, follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook so you can stay informed. You’re also welcome to subscribe to our YouTube Channel, which is Your Electrical Safety Resource, for future updates. And remember, if you own a business or home in Collin County area of North Texas and are in need of electrical service, repair or installation, give us a call at 214.697.3134 to schedule an appointment with Bill’s Quality Electric, LLC. We look forward to doing business with you!