Electricity is an essential piece of our life, let alone home living. It is something that we use when we first wake up in the morning, throughout the day and up until we close our eyes at night. We even use it when we are already asleep. It is hard to dismiss the importance of electricity in our lives and how dangerous it is at the same time.
The power of electricity keeps us moving in our daily lives and even in our nighty night’s sleep. It powers our house for it to be fully functional. That said, we have to be really conscious about using electricity at the same time be very careful about it. One small mistake can turn your beautiful house into dust. Worse, it can take lives. Certainly you wouldn’t want to get into that situation. Regrets happen in the end. But if you are careful enough and wise to plan things, you can avoid those unnecessary tragedies to happen by ensuring safety all around and all the time.
You can start with the basics – as simple as reading the safety cautions on every appliance or electronic device or unplugging any device or appliance that is not used. Ensuring that you unplug your phone when it has completely charged is common sense that not many people exhibit. Electrical safety around the house should always be a top priority. It gives you piece of mind while enjoying the comfort of your home.
We have prepared a list of helpful guides below that can help you improve electrical safety at home. Some things in particular, the garden, kitchen and the bathroom are key areas where safety should be utmost a priority. These are high electrical hazard areas where you need to be more careful of and ensure electrical safety is always exercised.
On top of that, our list includes some wise tips if you find yourself doing an electrical DIY project at home as well as some ideas on what to do in the event that there is flood. We have put them together to make sure that they are understandable and jargon-free. Run through our steps that will help you reduce any potential electrical accidents around the house.
- Perform regular visual checks to your electrics and do it with professional help. A professional can ensure and help what to look into your electrics at the same time act on immediately when there are issues.
Some simple checks that can save life include checking the RCD protection inside your fuse box, ensuring that your sockets are not overloaded (there’s a socket calculator that can be found online to help you do this and verify that your sockets are safe), ensuring that your sockets and plugs are not damaged, checking visible leads and cables and ensuring that they are in good condition, checking your light fittings for any potential damages at the same time checking the downlighters to make sure they are in good condition.
There are lot more checks that you can perform and certainly a professional can help you out with this.
- Ensure that you are taking great care in your DIY electrical projects. Half of all severe electric shocks at home are a result of DIY electrical projects. Here are some DIY electrical safety tips that guides you how to avoid any electrical shocks in the process:
– locate cables first in your wall before drilling, screwing or nailing things into the cables that are hidden inside walls
– make sure to use a residual current device to cut off power in case there is an electrical fault as a result of a DIY blunder; this can definitely save your life
- Always be vigilant in the kitchen. Improper use of kitchen appliances is among the many electrical safety no-nos at home. It is also one of the main causes of electrical accidents when electrical safety is not practiced.
- Water and electricity are definitely not a good mix – important and crucial to remember. It is also common sense. That said, make sure the bathroom as well as other places where water is accessible always have strategic and safety locations of sockets, switches, etc.
- Always make sure that you will not use electrical gardening equipment until they are completely dry. Forgetting this is a sure way to get an electric shock or worse, a fatal electrical accident.
- If ever your home has been flooded, take an extra precaution as there is really a high chance of electrics that could have been damaged.
- At all times, always exercise utmost safety precautions to prevent electrical fires. Consult a professional to know the common ways electrical fires occur in your area or based on your house’s electrical structure and ask for ways to avoid them. Always have a fire extinguisher visible and handy in places where they are accessible in case an accident happens.