Electrical Safety – Electrical Hazards in the Home
We are reliant on electricity in our homes (and businesses), but all too often we forget just how dangerous electricity can be. Extension cords permanently plugged in, the outlet with 2 or three splitters, the space heater or blow drier that continuously blows the fuse or breaker; these can all cause fires, electrocution, disfigurement, or death. Electrical safety is not just for construction sites.
Electrical Hazards you NEED to look for in your household:
- Any cord that is frayed, split, broken, or any kind of damage
- Permanent extension cords (How many times have they been ran over, stepped on, things dropped on them?)
- Outlets that have too many appliances, especially those on splitters
- Any appliance or device that is constantly blowing fuses or tripping breakers. Your home and life are at stake. Don’t keep them going.
- Any electrical device used near an open sink, bath, even stand-up shower, pools. (It may feel like common knowledge that water and electricity don’t mix, but always best to be on the look out!)
- If there are any water leaks or abundance of water (dishwasher leaked, washing machine overflowed, etc)
Did you know that you can have a safety switch installed on your household breaker box or fuse box? These are very much like Arc-fault interrupters and will automatically kill power to the home if it senses current is passing through a person, water, or most any faulty wiring. They are called residual current devices (RCD). Installing one could mean the difference between life and death.
Turn off electrical hazards in your home permanently by avoiding the following:
- #1 – DO NOT REPAIR BROKEN OR FRAYED CORDS WITH TAPE! Just don’t do it.
- Don’t tug or yank on cords! Turn off the appliance, then firmly grasp the plug and remove it.
- If you HAVE to use electricity around water (even a light rain) be sure to wear rubber soled shoes and avoid aluminum ladders or other metal objects.
- If you just get out of the tub, shower, or pool, do NOT touch your appliances. Get dry first.
- Send faulty appliances to be repaired or throw them out. Don’t attempt to repair them yourself unless you are qualified.
- Child safety! If they can get to the outlet, they WILL! Cover them up with proper outlet and switch covers.
- Child safety! If they can grab an electrical cord, they WILL! Keep electrical cords out of the reach of children.
- If you use an electric blanket, or even a heating pad: Follow ALL directions listed!!!
- AND LAST: Always call on a qualified and licensed electrician to fix, repair, or install any of your electrical wiring, boxes, and other main electrical points.
Need our help or just have a question? Call on Enhanced Electrical Services for all of your electrical safety needs. We’ll be there for you.