Adopting a casual approach while handling electrical gadgets can turn out to be fatal. Short circuits can set off serious electrical fires, which can cause damage to both life and property. Unfortunately, homeowners do not tend to be vigilant about the condition of the electrical set-up at their homes as long as gadgets and other appliances appear to be working fine. Electrical safety considerations need to be taken seriously. Given below are ten ways in which you can minimize the chances of electricity-related accidents:
#1 Organize the messy, cluttered wires – Unorganized piles of electrical wires tend to get worn out quickly. They can also cause serious electrical fires. Steer clear of such risks by neatly segregating and clamping the different electrical cords with durable cable ties. Preferably, label the wires too, with permanent wire markers.
#2 Check for voltage fluctuations – Frequent voltage fluctuations and power trips can cause irreparable damage to your valuable electrical gadgets and appliances. If such fluctuations are indeed happening at your home, contact a qualified electrician as soon as possible. Never neglect such problems.
#3 Use fuses and circuit breakers of tested quality – Do not go for the locally made, non-branded electrical fuses – simply because they bear slightly lower price tags than their branded counterparts. The same goes for the circuit breakers too. Check the load capacity of each of the fuses before you make it a part of your electrical set-up.
#4 Check the wattage of light bulbs – What might happen if the wattage of the bulbs does not match with that of the outlet from which it is powered? That’s right – a major electrical accident. Choose bulbs of the correct wattage, and check with an electrical consultant if needed. This will also bring down unnecessary electrical expenses.
#5 Examine the gauge of the electric wires – Make sure that the cables and wires used for powering the electrical appliances at your home are of the right ‘gauge’ (length and size). Do not use too many extension cords as stopgap arrangements. If you use cable ties on correctly sized wires, detection of probable faults in the electrical systems will also become easier.
#6 Keep electrical cables out of kids’ reach – This point is pretty much self-explanatory. Keeping live wires within easy reach of little children can lead to danger. Be careful, and arrange the heavy electrical cables at areas of the house where kids will have no chance of touching them. Going for concealed wiring is advisable in this regard.
#7 Watch for signs wire damage – Electrical gadgets and wires are not something which you can keep on using until the day they completely give out. Make a point to inspect the wiring systems at regular intervals. If you happen to find any problem, make arrangements to fix it immediately.
#8 Switch off appliances when not in use – You are not in the room, but the television is kept switched on, and the fan is still whirring. Is that an ideal scenario? A careless attitude lies behind most domestic electrical mishaps. SMART HOME Automation Systems can assist with this and particular lights and appliances can be switched on or off from a touch of your smart phone or tablet. This can also help cut down on electrical costs!
#9 Avoid overloading power points – Maintain separate plug points for operating different heavy electrical electronics and appliances (like television, refrigerator, microwave, etc.). Trying to power multiple devices from the same point might seem to be convenient – but doing so can be dangerous.
#10 Wear protective gear while handling electrical equipment – Wear gloves, rubber-soled shoes, and other basic protective accessories while working on the electrical wires at your home. Personal safety always comes first!
In addition, have the contact details of a local electrician close at hand, so that you can easily fall back on expert help – in case of emergencies. Change the wires, the cable ties, and other electrical accessories when necessary. Electricity offers many benefits – but only when you are careful while handling it!
About the Author: John Smith is a professional electrical engineer. He manages different types of home depot in Ontario as well as office electronic setups. In this article, he lists out 10 basic ideas to keep readers’ homes safe from electrical hazards.