Essential Tips to Maintaining Electrical Safety at Home
We all use electrical appliances in our homes. With a little bit of awareness and taking the necessary safety precautions, we can avert undue accidents. Below are some of the important points to keep in mind about electrical safety:
- Don’t keep any electrical appliances close to any source of water. If you want a hair dryer or a shaver in your bathroom, see to it that they are not kept anywhere near the water socket. Similarly, in the kitchen as well, be careful of placing your appliances away from the sink.
- After usage, remember to unplug your appliances. Also, put the cords in their proper places and see to it they are out of reach of your children or pets.
- The electronics such as your TV, laptop etc, should be kept in well ventilated areas.
- If you are not technically skilled, don’t try to repair the electronic appliances yourself. Instead, get them checked by an engineer for necessary upgrades and maintenance.
- Try to use extension cords as little as possible. Keep them only as temporary solutions.
- Don’t keep the electrical cords loose, instead keep them snug in their proper places.
- Try using childproof caps over the electrical outlets that are less or not used.
- Strategically place the appliances in your home. The heavier and the commonly used ones should have their own individual outlets and the smaller gadgets that are not used commonly can be plugged anywhere, at the time of use.
- Avoid excessive use of extension cords and octopus connections, which means don’t clutter one outlet with too many appliances by using multi-plugs or power strips.
- If you have a new appliance at home, remember to read its instruction manual first, before you start using it.
- If you notice any damaged or broken outlet, stop using it immediately.
- Remember to check the recommended bulb wattage and use the appropriate type of bulb in the fixtures.
- Check whether the appliances have recognized hallmarks to ensure that they meet the stand electrical safety requirements.
Remember, incorrect usage of appliances can cause fire. That is why, be very alert when using them. Teach your children how to properly use electricity at home and tell them about the dangers of poking the electrical outlets. It is better to keep the complicated appliances away from your kids. When they reach the proper age when they can start using electrical equipment on their own, see to it that in beginning they are using them under adult supervision.
It is important to regularly clean your electrical equipment. However, at the time of doing so, make sure they are not plugged. If you are disassembling the appliance, don’t play with the circuit of the appliance.
If you notice that the lights in your house are getting dim or flickering, it is time to get them checked. In case of regular fuses or voltage fluctuation, call a professional electrician at the earliest and get the electrical wiring of your house checked. Another important thing to be kept in mind is, if you get some hot, burning smell but cannot locate its source, called a licensed electrical contractor without any delay.
There are several cases of home accidents reported every year due to improper usage of electrical appliances. Minimize the risk of such accidents in your home by taking the necessary electrical safety measures like the ones mentioned above.