We all know that electricity is certainly not something to be careless with. Because even a small current can pose a great risk to a human body, it is very important to always approach any electrical work with caution. Whether you are planning home improvement projects that will require work around wiring or you simply are concerned about your family’s everyday safety, here on some helpful and vital tips for electrical safety in your home.
If you have small children, it is important to make sure that electrical wires are safely secured, and empty electrical sockets are covered. Children tend to be curious and they tend to explore everything around them. Because of this, loose electrical wires and empty outlets could be very dangerous.
It is always important to follow guidelines for clearance space on large appliances like televisions, washers and dryers, and refrigerators. These items need space for the heat they generate. Always follow the clearance directions provide and never place them directly against walls.
Because water is a conductor of electricity, all electrical based items should be kept away from water or the danger of water. In the bathroom, make sure there is no chance of items like shavers, curling irons and hairdryers reaching water, even if it is just dripping water.
Electrical cords can become damaged for a number of reasons. Sometimes, they are damaged from being pulled or tugged. They could also be caught under furniture or chewed by pets. Always check cords for damage. If you find fraying or exposed wires, be sure to replace the cord immediately.
If you are working on a home improvement project, it is best to have an electrician do any home rewiring. An improperly wired connection could lead to a short. This could possibly lead to fire.
Always turn off heating appliances when you will be away from home. This includes space heaters, slow cookers, hair care tools, and anything that emits heat.
Choose extension cords carefully. There are different types of cords made to use in different electrical situations. Lightweight household cords should never be used outside. Consider the project for which you need the extension cord and then determine the right one for that project.
While electricity can be extremely dangerous, with a little precaution, the danger does not have to be a fear. By making wise choices about electricity, and by properly safeguarding your home, you will not have to worry about danger.