Electricity & House Lighting Safety
It is essential to take care when operating around electricity or with items that use electricity or natural gas. No one ever thinks they are capable of starting a fire. Yet sadly, it can happen.
We are living in an era where computers, appliances and electricity form part of our everyday life. It is important that we keep an eye out for signs where safety could be compromised when it comes to electrical safety in the home. It is important that we educate the technically savvy youth of today to be electrically savvy as well.
By following the following simple safety tips below many hazardous situations can be avoided all together:
- Specialist tasks - if you do not have the skill avoid replacing or rewiring a plug, switch, natural gas main, power point or repairing electrical appliances (e.g. irons, toasters, washing machines, etc).
- Wet hands or surfaces - Avoid contact with anything electrical when your hands are wet. Never let children play with electrical items in a bathroom or near a pool.
- Repairs and maintenance - Replace wires that are exposed and ensure that all broken sockets and switches are maintained. Always un-plug devices before attempting repairs, and never attempt repairs that require a level of skill or know-how that you do not possess.
- Bathroom heaters - Electric heaters can be very dangerous in a bathroom, do not use unless it has been specifically designed for bathroom use.
- The pool zone - Do not use electrical appliances such as stereos or maintenance equipment near the pool.
- External electrical wires - Avoid contact with beams that have contact with electricity. Never attach anything to a beam that has electrical wires attached.
- Install circuit breakers - Protect an electrical circuit from damage caused by overload or short circuit by installing circuit breakers. Not only can circuit breakers protect your expensive appliances, they can also protect your home for electrical fires breaking out.
- Don't overload - Avoid loading too many adapters or appliances to a single socket point. Also be sure to purchase high-quality power boards that have built-in safety measures. For business electricity needs, ensure a professional installs all expensive IT equipment.
- Safety first - When you take a plug out of a power point, remember to remove it by pulling the plug and not the cord. If you live in a home with small children, ensure that a plastic, non-conductive plug stopper is installed to prevent children from accidental electrocution.
- Garden DIY - Do not trim trees near powerlines and always look out for overheard powerlines when carrying large objects such as metal ladders or pool scoops.
Think smart and be safe!