Working from home is becoming more common amongst businesses as they begin to adapt to changes in work culture. Saving employees time and money by avoiding the daily commute to work, plus flexibility in work hours, working from home offers a range of benefits.
Don’t Overload The System
If anyone knows how to set up home office electronics correctly, it will be the Electrical Safety Foundation International or ESFI. Promoting electrical safety across North America since 1994, this non-profit has a power strip worth of advice for your home office.
- Avoid overloading outlets. Furthermore, use power strips intelligently.
- Unplug appliances when not in use to save energy and minimize the risk of shock or fire.
- Regularly inspect electrical cords and extension cords for damage.
- You should only use extension cords temporarily.
- Never plug a space heater or fan into an extension cord or power strip.
- Never run cables under rugs/carpets, doors, or windows.
- Make sure wires do not become tripping hazards.
- Keep papers and other potential combustibles at least 3 feet away from space heaters and other heat sources.
- Do not exceed the maximum wattage for lamps/lighting.
- Test smoke alarms monthly. Change batteries yearly. Replace smoke alarms every ten years.
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