Common electrical safety tips

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When it comes to doing electrical repairs and dealing with electrical problems, trying to sort them out yourself is one of the most dangerous and ultimately costly approaches that you can take. Too many people underestimate the complexity of the services carried out by a qualified electrician and think that they will be able to address the problem without the need for professional electrical services. While it is true that there are some electrical jobs that a number of people can successfully complete, all too often the average person is unaware of the safety measures and precautions that are taken by trained and reputable electricians.

So, what are some of the most common electrical safety tips to ensure an accident free home?

Extension cords

Extension cords should be carefully fixed in place where possible to reduce the chance of tripping or accident. Use plastic socket closures on unused sockets and avoid using extension cords as a permanent substitute for additional power sockets, and also avoid using them for too many appliances at once.

Sockets

Don’t overload sockets – overloading plug sockets is a common cause of electrical fires. Always make sure the sockets are cool to the touch. And only plug one heat-producing appliance into a multi-way socket at a time. Unprotected electrical outlets are also a hazard as young children tend to be curious about electrical outlets, which can present a serious danger. If they put their finger or an object into the outlet they can be burned, shocked, or electrocuted. Protect young children from these risks by using plastic closures to cover any outlet they can reach.

Unplug all unused appliances

An unplugged appliance is safer than one that’s left plugged in. Not only does it save you money – as plugged-in appliances still use power when on standby mode – but it protects them from overheating or power surges. If your sockets are a bit hard to reach, like behind bookcases or sofas, invest in a smart plug or energy-saving extension bar if you can. 

Fuses

Check the fuse. It’s easy to replace a fuse on plugs but make sure you use the right one for the appliance. Using the wrong fuse can cause a cable to overheat, and means the appliance isn’t protected against electrical faults.

Wrong wattage light bulbs

Using a light bulb with a higher wattage than the lamp can safely accommodate may overload the lamp’s wiring, which can cause a fire. Take steps to help avoid this household safety hazard by using a light bulb with wattage that’s less than or equal to the maximum wattage printed on the lamp’s socket. If you need a stronger light, purchase a lamp that uses a higher wattage bulb.

Keep electrical appliances dry

Electricity and water can be a deadly combination resulting in electrocution. Keep electrical appliances well away from water and moisture. If you happen to drop an electrical device into water when you’re using it, shut off the power supply at your homes electrical panel before unplugging the appliance or trying to retrieve it. It’s also a good idea to get the device checked by an appliance technician to make sure it’s still safe to use once it’s dried out.

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