Skip Nav We have come to the final post of our Electrical Safety Series on Being Proactive here at Bill’s Quality Electric, LLC. So far we have done a tour of the home, looking for electrical hazards to avoid, starting with Part 1 and 2 in the bathroom, Part 3 and 4 in the bedroom, Part 5 in the living room, Part 6 for our kids’ safety, and Part 7 in the kitchen. For this final post, our focus is on electrical hazards to avoid in the Garage. That place where we get our hands dirty and creative with power tools for those ongoing nifty projects, or the place where we sometimes have extra space for provisional perishables. It’s a place where hazards can be present without our even realizing it! So, without further ado, let’s talk about what to do or not to do when you’re in the garage so you can Stay Electrically Safe and Smart! First, we’ll address the use of Power Tools: The important thing to remember is being aware of the condition of the electrical wiring of those tools, watching out for wear and tear to help avoid electrical shock and fire. Be sure to read the manufacturer’s instructions for proper usage and storage to help avoid such issues and to prevent accidents or injuries. Also watch your wattage and remember to plug your power tool directly into an outlet to avoid overheating with usage. Secondly, be careful with your usage of extension cords, whether working on a yard job or using it for extra length where you need more power supply. You’re better off having another outlet added that suits your need, since extension cords are for temporary usage only, due to the risk of overheating that can lead to fire. And if you do use an extension cord, be sure it’s not placed in a path where it can get run over or pinched between items in storage, thus causing damage to the wire that can lead to fire and shock. Our garage can be the perfect place for extra storage of provisional perishables, whether it’s another fridge to keep extra drinks and snacks, or a freezer for longer term store of larger items that don’t fit in the regular freezer. Be sure circuit power is provided for those larger appliances to avoid overload, otherwise you’ll end up with a tripping breaker and the possibility of electrical fire. Every large appliance needs to be properly installed and have proper circuits in your panel board. You certainly wouldn’t want to load up that fridge or freezer and find it not working properly, causing all that food to spoil! With that word, we conclude our tour of the home, looking for electrical hazards to avoid, as we choose to Be Proactive with our electrical safety! Do share Parts 1 through 8 with a friend so they can Stay Electrically Safe and Smart too! And if you haven’t already done so, take the tour from start to finish and then see if the tips we provide can help you avoid electrical hazards in your home. We are always keeping your Electrical Safety top of mind here at Bill’s Quality Electric, LLC! You’re welcome to follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook where we share electrical safety, shock and fire prevention tips to help keep you informed! And subscribe to our YouTube Channel, which is Your Electrical Safety Resource! 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 to help avoid electrical hazards, 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!