You know you need to be safe around electricity right? But what are the best ways to do this? Here are ten essential tips to keep you and your family safe.
Turn it off
If you’re not using an appliance, turn it off or even better, unplug it altogether.
Repair Damaged Cords
Keep an eye on all cords and if you find any damage or fraying, repair them where possible or get a licensed electrician to replace them if necessary. This is particularly important if you have kids or pets.
Replace Damaged Plugs
Older appliances tend to get wear and tear so you should also keep an eye on all plugs in the event of any damage, replace them.
Don’t Overload Power Points
This is really important, too many plugs in the one socket can cause a short circuit and even a fire.
Don’t Use Electrical Items in Wet Areas
Electricity and water do not mix, so never allow them to come into contact with each other.
Understand your Electricity Box/Switchboard
It’s important to know your switchboard. If your lights or power goes out you can check if a particular circuit or item has caused it to trip. Knowing how to switch power off in an emergency is also crucial.
Never Leave Hot Appliances Unattended (Hair Dryers/Heaters/Hair Straighteners)
These can easily over heat and potentially cause a fire.
Ensure Smoke Alarms are Installed Throughout Your House
Smoke Alarms save lives. Always test them and make sure you change the batteries regularly.
Keep a Fire Blanket Or Fire Extinguisher
It is a very good idea to have these at home, make sure your family knows where they are kept and how to use them. They may save a life or save your home.
Don’t Do It Yourself
Always use a licensed Electrician to to any of your electrical work. Beside the safety aspect of getting the job done right by a professional, your insurance may not be valid should anything go wrong later down the line.