We love electricity – it keeps us warm, makes our homes polished, allows us to access all of our entertainment, and equips us to eat a warm meal whenever we want and so much more. Electricity has molded our lives more delightful in so many ways– but that doesn’t mean it occurs without its hazards. We’ll walk you through some electrical safety tips that all homeowners should be conscious of.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, fire departments responded to an estimated annual average of 47,820 reported home structure fires in 2007-2011. It all started with electrical breakdowns. The Electrical Safety Foundation found that each day, seven children are treated for injuries caused by electrical trauma.
Obtain knowledge on basic electrical safety tips– these five tips will help you enjoy the devices and appliances you love while keeping everyone protected from harm.
Patch Or Repair Split Power Cords
Flashed wiring is a menace that cannot go neglected. If you see the shielding layer on a wire is peeled away, be sure to substitute it or cover it with electrical tape as soon as possible.
Don’t Overload Your Sockets
Every outlet in your home is signified to deliver a certain volume of electricity; by cramming too many devices into it at once, you could cause a small eruption or a fire. If you have a lot of things to plug in, use a power strip (energy delivering one of course!) that can safely serve your needs.
Avoid Extension Cords As Much As Possible
Running extension cords through the house can trip up residents; this can cause injury and damage to the wire or outlet if it causes the cord to be ripped out of the wall. If you find yourself using extension cords very often, consider having an electrician install new outlets throughout your home.
Keep Electrical Equipment Or Outlets Away From Water
Water conducts electricity, so even the slightest exposure to this dangerous mix can lead to injury. Make sure you wipe up any spills to ensure that plugs don’t get wet.
Protect Ingenuous Children From Dangers
Toddlers and small children are very ingenious – and they love to explore just about everything. Parents of small children should put tamper-resistant safety caps on all unused electrical outlets. In addition, all loose cords should be tidied up and put out of reach to avoid kids tugging on them.