Electricity is serious business, and our homes are full of potentially electrical hazards that could be an accident waiting to happen.
With some attention to detail and planning, these hazards can be mitigated or at the very least, heavily reduced. You may need a qualified electrician to help you with some of these, although the cost outweighs a fire or worse tragedy.
1. Poor and defective wiring
Safety standards are there for a reason, because they stop electrical dangers and save lives. Always use a qualified electrician to work on your home, and avoid at all costs any DIY tasks. You may even find that DIY electrical is illegal and you might find yourself in hot water.
Should you have corroded or damaged wiring, these can increase the probability of an electrical fault or accident. Upgrade as determine by your electrician.
2. Children and electricity don't mix
Kids just love sticking all sorts of things in PowerPoints, it's nearly instinct we are born with! While supervision is always the best way to mitigate any accidents, parents can't be watching little Johnny 24 hours a day. In this case, we must use technology or tools to assist us.
The easiest thing a parent can do is to install either powerpoint covers, or child safety outlet plugs. If you remove the danger, you remove the threat.
3. Extension cord safety
How many times have you seen extension cords being run outside, with the connections lying in wet grass or worse? Use the right cord for the right application. If using external, then use a dedicated external cord. Don't leave connection points where they are in contact with pools or streams of water.
4. Light Bulbs
While this may not be at the top of your list of electrical hazards, they in fact do pose quite a threat of fire and electric shock.
Keep light bulbs away from flammable materials, including common materials such as bed linen and curtains.
When you go to change a lightbulb you want to avoid receiving an electric shock. Turn the light off first, wear rubber soled shoes, and ensure your hands are dry.
5. Water and electrical safety
From keeping your hands dry when touching an electrical appliance, through to keeping appliances safely away from a water source (such as a bath). Far too many tragic accidents have happened over the years where water and electricity mixed.
If an electrical fire breaks out in your home, do not throw water on it. If you are fortunate to have a CO2 extinguisher on hand and are trained in its use, then use that. If not, call the fire service after safely evacuating your home.
Electrical safety starts with you
Many of the items mentioned above you can easily take personal responsibility for at all times. When it comes to wiring or you simply aren't sure about something, then engage a professional and qualified residential electrician.
DJL Electrical are able to assist you and inspect your wiring for any evidence of decay or degradation. The best thing that can happen is that we find everything in tip top shape and you can have peace of mind. If we find anything that needs attention, we'll show you the items of concern so you can see for yourself.
It may just save a life of someone you love.