Electricity has given many conveniences to people. Some say, it has made us depended on it that it has become unimaginable for many to live without electricity. However, whenever electrical breakdowns happen, many of us are also tempted to fix these electrical problems on our own.
Sadly, that shouldn’t be the case. There are good reasons why some individuals' studies years to learn how electrical wiring works. That is because there are many dangers lurking when fixing electrical problems.
So, before you become victim to these electrical hazards, it best to be informed on some of the dangers this may bring to you and your family.
Poor Wiring and Defective Electrical Wires
While good quality wiring is important for safety; poor wiring on the other hand can increase the risk of fire. This is why do-it-yourself electrical work is a no-no.
Some of the hazards these damaged electrical wires can cause include:
- Frayed appliance or extension cords
- Loose or improper connections of electrical outlets or switches
- Pinched or pierced wire insulation
- Cracked wire insulation due to heat, age, corrosion or bending
- Overheated cords or wires
- Electrical wire chewed by rodents
- Damaged electrical appliances
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Outlets close to water
Remember to install outlets a fair distance away from the water source in bathrooms, kitchens, and other areas with water.
When water comes in contact with outlets, this may cause sparking and other electrical issues.
Wet hands may result to an electrical shock
Do not touch electrical appliances with wet hands. This heightens the chance of getting an electric shock.
Never pour water on electrical fires
Pouring water on electrical fires is a common error.
If electrical fires occur, avoid pouring water on the flames because water will only fuel the fire and could cause electrocution.
Always have a fire extinguisher for possible electrical fires or emergencies. Or call a fire brigade when fire arises.
Watch over your curious young children
Parents should take extra measures to protect these toddlers who are inquisitive and eager to explore their world.
Replace the electrical outlets within their reach with extra-safe power points to avoid accidents and serious injury.
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Proper placement of extension cords
In order to reduce the chance of tipping or any accident, extension cords should be carefully fixed properly. You may use plastic socket closures on unused socket.
In addition to this, you should never use extension cords as a permanent substitute for additional power sockets. It is also wise to remember not to use these on too many appliances at once because this may lead to a fire.
Don’t place light bulbs near flammable materials.
Yes, light bulbs are one of the most dangerous home electrical hazards. There is a chance of fire whenever light bulbs are placed near flammable materials.
Lights can also cause electric shock so always switch off the light before replacing light bulb. And do not replace a bulb or touch a light switch with wet hands.
Prevent overheating by using light bulbs with the correct wattage.
Avoid heavy covering of electrical cords and wires
Heavy covering of wires can cause the cords to overheat that may lead to electrical fire. Keep cords and wires away from other items, and ensure these are uncovered as possible.
Make sure that items like computers and televisions have enough space around them for ventilation to avoid overheating.
There are many things you can do to avoid and eliminate danger at home. Some of these are as follow:
- Never try to repair appliances on your own.
- Always check appliances for faulty switches, plugs and frayed cords.
- Avoid overloading power boards with too many appliances all at once.
- Use outdoor grade extension cords outside of the home.
- Do not touch switches or appliances with wet hands.
- Switch off all the appliances when cleaning the kitchen, bathroom or laundry.
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