April 1, 2020| |
ELECTRICAL SAFETY FOR HOMES AND WORKPLACES
Electrical hazards are one of the major causes of fire in homes and workplaces among others. A lack of adequate electrical safety measures could cause minor or major injuries, as well as loss of life and/or valuables. In order to adequately ensure that we maintain good electrical safety ethics and keep our home and/or workplaces safe, the following tips should be adhered to.
1. REPLACE OR REPAIR DAMAGED POWER CORDS AND SOCKETS.
The number one tip in this series is that you ensure to replace or repair damaged power cords and sockets. A damaged or subpar power cord or socket could trigger a fire or even destroy electrical appliances by causing the flow of electricity to flicker. You should reach out to a reliable electrician to help carry out a portable appliance test on all cables and sockets.
2. CHECK THAT YOU ARE USING THE CORRECT WATTAGE IN ALL YOUR FIXTURES AND APPLIANCES
Our second tip for electrical safety at your homes and offices is that you should check that you are using the correct wattage in all your fixtures and appliances.
This is important in avoiding electrical problems. Electrical bulbs, fans, refrigerator always have a wattage listed, and sometimes, it might not be the same with the wattage being supplied through your power source. Converters are also good for stepping down or stepping up wattage from your power source to match your appliances, as the case may be.
3. KEEP ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT, OUTLETS, AND CABLES AWAY FROM WATER
Keep electrical equipment, outlets, and cables away from water to prevent electrical shock or damage to these objects.
Fire is also sometimes triggered by these electrical appliances having contact with water. This could be as a result of the spark created from the contact, reaching a flammable substance.
4. PROTECT CHILDREN FROM ELECTRICAL HAZARDS
This can be done by positioning electrical sockets, cables and appliances where they cannot be reached. You should also try as much to monitor kids so as to restrain them from going close to the electrical items.
Children are naturally adventurous, and cannot identify what’s harmful from what’s not unless they are taught. So, you should teach them about electrical safety, and let them know what hazards lie therein. You should also avoid leaving children alone in the house or in a room.
5. NEVER OVERLOAD POWER OUTLETS
Overloads are a cause of fire in homes. Overloads more frequently occur in older homes with unevenly distributed outlets.
Do the math on an overload.
Figuring out the overload point requires a little algebra. Your home should have 120 volts of power running through it. You divide the number of watts of power you’re using by the volts to calculate amperage. A circuit breaker can handle 15 or 20 amps (check the labels in your breaker box) or 1800-2400 watts max, but it’s recommended not to exceed 1440-1920 watts.
A smart approach to avoid overtaxing your home’s electrical system is to add outlets, but making sure not overloading a circuit is critical. That’s why you should always use a licensed professional electrician. A professional can test your system to know how to best route new outlets to existing circuits so that you can have more plug and power options without creating a safety hazard in your home.
6. KEEP YOUR USED AND UNUSED CORDS TIDY AND SECURE
Used or unused cords have to be stored properly to prevent damage; also keep stored cords out of the reach of kids and pets who may chew on these cords. Avoid rumpling these cords to prevent damage to them also.
7. GIVE APPLIANCES PROPER SPACE FOR AIR CIRCULATION
This is advised in order to avoid overheating.
Electrical equipment can overheat and shut out, thereby leading to fire hazards, if air isn’t properly circulated. Also, avoid running electrical equipment in enclosed cabinets. You should store flammable objects away from electrical equipment.
8. ALWAYS FOLLOW APPLIANCE INSTRUCTIONS FOR IMPROVED ELECTRICAL SAFETY
Read the instructions manual of an electrical appliance carefully to understand how the appliance works and how to safely deploy it. This will help improve your electricity usage and the lifespan of the appliance. This will also help prevent hazards that may occur from wrongly using the appliance.
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