Everyone dreams to give his/her family a house that’s beautiful, comfortable and secure. Every family aims to build that dream and make it happen together. A home that’s nothing less than excellent is truly a must-have! From bottom to top, from the inside out, it serves its great purpose – and that is to provide shelter to the family while shielding and protecting their lives. That is defending them not only from delinquent thieves but also from common accidents that may happen at home. One of the most dangerous and prevalent are the risks to electrical safety inside and around the house.
Accidents happen at unexpected times; nobody has a precise idea when they may take place – exactly why they are called “accidents”. Somehow a bright side to look to is that the causes of electrical safety issues are mostly predictable, thus, homeowners like you may be able to smartly prevent, detect and handle them. Of course, we are not saying that they are fine, and that things will always work out for you because they are somehow foreseeable. What we’re saying is that you can do something, and you can do your best to forbid them from happening. It’s possible that you will not experience any sort of electrical safety problems throughout your worth-a-lifetime stay in that house. Yes, it is. How?
Check out these 8 electrical safety tips to remember for your home and life. Keep your abode in good condition, and keep your life in the best kind of preservation.
1 – Ensure safe wiring systems at home.
Upon the construction of your house, ensure safe wiring systems. While you put immense concern to the visuals and materials of your home, see to it that it has risk-free, top-notch circuitry.
Speak with your new home builders and with your trusted team of electricians. Fully understand what your home needs, and with the help of these experts, provide your home with high-quality wireworks.
Before, during and after the setting up of your wirings, you should be there, and you should learn how the electrical connections are made. Carefully listen to the explanations and pieces of advice and instructions of your hired home and electricity pros. In that way, you will comprehend the structure of your wiring system at home. You will also avoid hazards and will know what to do in case of mishaps related to electric lines.
2 – Organize all electrical wiring to avoid tripping.
Do not let wires just lie around messy and cluttered. They will not only be a pain to the eye but also a clear warning sign that accidents might happen when people at home fail to notice or pay attention to them.
Organize all electrical wirings to avoid tripping and slipping on them at home. Especially for little kids who keep running and playing around, scattered electrical cords can present great harm. For senior citizens who have mobility issues and eyesight problems, these will be dangerous as well.
Make sure you keep them out of children’s reach, or simply set far away from floors with high foot traffic, from areas where people at home always go to and walk on. Use wire organizers to keep them gathered together and to avoid them from getting entangled.
3 – Do not overload sockets.
You have a lot of electrical appliances and electronic devices at home. Oftentimes, they are plugged in all at the same time. The kids and the adults are charging their gadgets. Even so, remember to not overload sockets to avoid short circuits. Also, see to it that the devices and appliances you plug in are appropriate to the sockets’ voltage capacities.
4 – Do not overcharge your electronic devices.
Some people have this habit of not unplugging their chargers even when they are already fully charged. Maybe these people are too lazy to get up and reach out to the plug. Or maybe, they are forgetful.
However, overcharging electronic devices is not good. Aside from the fact that it can damage your gadgets themselves, when overheating and short-circuiting occurs, unwanted explosions may happen. If you are not aware that your device’s battery is damaged, overcharging it can lead to blasts too.
5 – Unplug appliances when not in use.
Conserve electricity. Unplug appliances when they are not in use. You have heard that they could be considered as good as switched on if you leave them still plugged in after shutting them down. To avoid overheating, which is one of the causes of electrical explosions in residential areas, deactivate and disconnect appliances from electricity when not in use, most especially when nobody is at home.
6 – Use extension cords temporarily.
Extension cords are totally helpful, but they are not for a forever kind of usage too. Use them temporarily. Use them when needed. Do not make them your permanent go-to cords.
7 – Plug in and out carefully.
This is a basic electrical safety tip, but it’s here as many people are still very irresponsible though they know this already. Plug in and out carefully. Chargers, appliances, devices, whatever they may be, do not be reckless.
Even when you are in a hurry, hold the head of the plug and not the cord when pulling it out. When plugging in, do not put your hand too close to the head and to the source of electricity.
Always remind kids to do the same thing as well, however, as much as possible, do not let the little ones come near sources of electricity. Some curious tots put their toys near sockets or into sockets, thinking that they could play without those gadgets too. If it so happens that their toys have metal parts or any conductors, your kiddos will get electrocuted and harmed. Prevent such dangers!
8 – Inspect and repair or replace damaged cords.
Sometimes, you will not know that there is a problem until you go out there and try to see if there is. The same thing applies in the electrical safety of your home. Conduct a general inspection of your electrical systems. Call your trusted electricians to do the work. Once issues have been detected, immediately do what has to be done. Have damaged cords repaired. Replace them if needed. If an overall restructuring is necessary, then speak with your go-to pros to accomplish the process.
Electrical issues are among the worst issues that a house and its owner can face. They are immensely hazardous because electricity has properties and tendencies that can neither be handled nor controlled by human capabilities alone. Moreover, natural disasters may affect them and lead to bigger and more life-threatening destruction.
Keep your house and all its electrical connections and quality safe and in the best state. Always check on and inspect them, especially when you notice unpleasant changes in anything electricity has something to do with. Electricity can cause fire, explosions, electrocution, and other miserable mishaps! Be responsible. Be quick. Take care of your electrical safety now today than before!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Nicole Ann Pore is a writer, an events host and a voice over artist. Quality and well-researched writing is her worthwhile avenue to enlighten and delight others about things that matter. She is a daytime writer for Horizon Homes, a boutique home building and designing company in Australia. Nicole graduated Cum Laude from De La Salle University Manila, Philippines with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts.