The safe use of electricity at home is important for you. Electrical failures at homes have been the reason of more than 50,000 fires, 450 deaths, 1500 injuries and $1.5 billion in property losses every year in the United States. When it comes to electrical safety at your home, you are as safe as you choose to be. While we are inviting more number of electrical appliances into our household, we also need to ensure that each one of it comes with unique hazards and safety requirements. In case of a household electrical failure, you are not just bringing trouble to your family but also risking the life of others in the neighborhood. It is the responsibility of every individual to have safety as a priority when it comes to electrical installations at home.
Keeping yourself safe from electricity damages at home isn’t a tough task either. All you need to do is stay alert, follow the rules and know when to act upon hints of damage. Here are some tips that will make your home a safer place.
Keeping Count Of The Cords
The more the number of electrical appliances are in a household, the longer will be the length of electrical cords running here and there. It is everyone’s responsibility to keep these intricate cords away from water, oil and other conductors. You need to check regularly that no cord is damaged and that the wires are showing up. In case a cord has been in use for a long time and is showing signs of wearing and damage, go for an immediate replacement and simultaneously the appliance unplugged.
Avoid “Double Adaptor” Connections
Overloading has been a major reason for household fires across the globe. Power outlets are designed to take only a limited amount of supply. If you choose to overload it (intentionally or unintentionally), they will cause problems. It is also important that you install a safety device such that any reasons for power overload are automatically countered.
Children are more at risk of electrical damages as they are unaware of such risks. It is important that every home should have childproofing systems for all electrical connections.
Safety switches are like fuses that cut off the main connection immediately whenever a fault is detected. It is important that you always use safety switches in the household. Further, there is also an innate necessity to check the safety switches, whether they would really be able to perform in emergencies. Get it checked by an expert.
Overhead and underground lines
Always avoid coming near the main power lines, whether overhead or underground. If you don’t have an option, make sure you keep a safe distance of a minimum 6.4 meters from pole wires and 10 meters from tower wires. This will come into play when adjusting an antenna or climbing a tree or your terrace. For underground power lines, know exactly the line they run in and avoid digging at any time for any reason.
Author Bio: John Mercury is the Marketing Head at Temporary Power Solutions, a power solution providing company in United Kingdom. The company provides power solutions to household, commercial and concerned organizations in UK.