Electricity is one of the most useful things in our lives, it helps us cook dinner, light our homes, and connects us to the internet. It is, however, a very powerful energy and if it isn’t used with safety it can be potentially hazardous. Electrical devices and appliances as well as cords, outlets and adapters, need to be well maintained and located in areas that are constantly safe and out of harm’s way.
Electricity is no doubt very useful, but it also needs to be treated with respect. Here are some safety tips that everyone should follow when using electrical devices.
Don’t Piggy Back or Overload Adaptor Cables
Adaptor cables should never be ‘piggy backed’ or ‘daisy chained’. Plugging one adapter into another is a huge risk for electrical fault and should be avoided at all costs. Similarly overloading an adaptor can put too much pressure on a single outlet which can also cause a fault.
Powerboards should never be used as a replacement to powerboards and if you find that you are constantly in need of them to use all of your appliances, it’s probably best to hire an electrician to install more powerpoints. Another point to consider is that some powerboards do not have surge protection, which can trip your circuit, leading to blackouts and in the worst case fires.
Watch Out for Damaged Electrical Plugs, Sockets and Cables
Electrical cords don’t last forever and just like most things in life, they need replacing. Electrical power cords can fray over time and extensions and plugs can crack with overuse, so it’s important to keep checking electrical goods to make sure that they are in proper working condition. Outlets should always be cool to touch, so if you ever notice any heat, it’s a good indication that something isn’t right.
Faults in the insulation of cables can prove to be hazardous, as they will no longer provide protection for electric shock. A single exposed strand can cause burn or shock, so be sure to replace any damaged cords.
Appliances Need Air Circulation
Appliances need space to breathe and without adequate room, electrical equipment can quickly overheat. Appliances that get hot are a hazard, they can short out, and in the worst case, cause fires, so make sure that they have enough space for proper air circulation.
Avoid using electrical items in cupboards and also be sure to keep appliances away from fabric items as they will tend to overheat easily. A common malpractice is running cables under rugs, or carpets. Not only do they damage easily and provide a tripping hazard, but they will also overheat much faster.
Water and Electricity Don’t Mix
It’s a well-known fact that water and electricity aren’t the best of friends and there are a few things you can do to make sure that they don’t have a dangerous encounter at your home. Electrical equipment should be kept away from all sources of water or moisture, such as sinks, plants, showers and taps.
Another tip to consider is to always make sure that your hands are dry before plugging or unplugging devices. If your home ever experiences a leak, there is the potential for it to reach power circuits in your home, so be sure to contact a licensed plumber.
If Your Not Using it Unplug It!
If you’re not using an appliance, the best thing to do is to unplug it. Energy can drain even when a device isn’t in use, this is called ‘phantom draining’, but aside from saving you money, it could also save your appliance in the advent of a power surge.
Keep Your Cords Safe
If a cable isn’t in use, it should be stored away safely. Kids and pets have a hard time distinguishing power cables with toys, so the best bet is to safely wind the cable and store it in a cupboard.
Cords should never be stretched or placed somewhere where they will conduct unnecessary heat. This can lead to damage in the cord’s insulation, as well as the wires within.
Get a licensed electrician to do your wiring
If you’re unsure about an electrical issue, or if you think you may need new wiring or repairs, always call a licensed electrician, no matter how minor the job.
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