Keeping your home safe is important since it will not just protect your property, it will also protect your family especially your little ones. Safeguard your home with these electrical safety tips.
Mind Your Electrical Outlets
When you have numerous appliances that you need to use and gadgets that need to be charged, we often use power strips or extension cords to make extra outlets. This is dangerous, especially when they are all plugged into the same outlet. Be reminded that electrical outlets are made to deal with just a certain amount of current. Exceeding the current limit of an outlet can cause a spark and can possibly start a house fire if not prevented. To avoid this kind of calamity from happening, make sure that you do not overload outlets.
Say NO To Water And Electricity Combo
This saying is already known to many but still, some people tend to neglect it. Have you experienced touching an appliance with your wet hands and got surprised due to electrical shock? Yes, water conducts electricity. That is why these two should not mix. If you have an outlet near the sink, be more cautious to avoid accidents and electric shocks. Keep in mind that water cannot put down an electrical fire. It is best to use a fire-retardant chemical extinguisher in this case. Therefore, having a fire extinguisher is a must in every home. When it comes to flood in the basement, never attempt to walk through the flood unless it is tested for electric currents. Keep your family safe by bearing these things in mind.
Install Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI)
The usual causes of ground faults include water so GFCI is best for rooms that involve running water. This can make your house safe because once your outlet gets wet or if GFCI detects that there is a leakage current, it will immediately shut down the outlet. If your kid inserted something into the outlet, GFCI will identify this foreign object making electrical outlets safe for your kids as well.
Repair Broken Appliances
Broken appliances can also lead to electrical problems so make sure to take them to professionals for repair. Do not be tempted to fix it yourself even if you know something about electronics. You may be familiar with Current Shunt Resistors or capacitors but it would still be safe if you let the experts do the fixing.
Inspect Your Walls Before Starting A Project
Make sure to locate internal wirings when your project involves nailing and drilling. If you do not pay attention to this, you can be prone to electrical shock or you may ruin your home’s electrical system. Listen to this warning and save yourself from a major headache.
Clear Your Floors From Cords
Pets and babies can be attracted to electrical cords if they are just across your floors. Pets may chew on them and you do not want that to happen. Make sure your kids will not play with electrical cords so keep them out of your pet and children’s reach.
Bear these tips in mind to ensure your home and family’s safety. Being aware of the things that may put your life at risk will help you prevent disasters from happening. Keep your house safe not just inside but make the outdoors around your house safe as well.