Practical Tips for Staying Safe while Using Electricity

Electricity is one of the most widely used resources of the modern world. In fact, it is utilized even in some of the remotest places in third-world countries. Electricity is very useful in the sense that it can make life easier but it has a bad side – it can be dangerous if not handled safely and with care. Having electrical energy at home can mean convenience and comfort, but you must make sure that it is safe. In observance of the national electrical safety month, here are a few practical tips to help you deal with electricity safely:

 

  1. Damage and wear can expose power cords, extension cords and electrical fittings to hazards. You must inspect these from time to time to make sure that they are safe to use. Unplug any and all electrical equipment that do not function normally and use them only after they have been checked and repaired.

 

  1. Staples have a proper purpose in the electrical world, but they are definitely not designed to put extension cords in place. Staples have a tendency to destroy the insulation and expose or cause the wires to contact and trigger fire.

 

  1. When using an extension cord, be sure that its amperage is greater than the rating of the appliance you are going to use.

 

  1. Do not use a fuse that has a rating greater than the capacity of your wiring system. Using a larger fuse can cause electrical overload when too many appliances are plugged in. It can cause wires to heat up and create fire.

 

  1. Unusually warm or hot outlets indicate that something’s not right with your wiring system. When this happens in your home, have your wiring checked by a professional provider of electrical services to arrest a possible electrical problem.

 

  1. Ensure safety when working on overhead electrical jobs that are near power lines. Use a ladder with insulated or non-conductive rails.

 

  1. Keep fabrics like curtains and drapery away from halogen lamps as they have the potential to create fire due to heat.

 

  1. If possible, do not use electricity in damp or wet areas. But if electricity is really necessary, you should install Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters where moisture can take place.

 

  1. Use a portable in-line GFCI to ensure safety if you are not certain that the outlet you want to plug into is GFCI-protected.

 

  1. Always remember the location of your electrical panel and circuit breakers. Doing so can help to save a life or property in times of emergency.

 

  1. Replace worn out or defective outlets at once. Get rid of extension cords with exposed wires as these can cause accidents.

 

  1. Avoid placing obstructions in access points to electrical panels and circuit breakers.

 

  1. Never plug in too many electrical appliances to a single extension line. This can cause electrical overloading which can overheat the wires and start fire.

 

  1. As much as possible, shut power down before touching someone who is involved in an electrical accident.

 

These are the most practical safety precautions you must observe when working with electricity. Don’t ever attempt to work on any electrical issue that’s beyond your electrical know-how and skills. You should always be on the safe side when dealing with electricity. Remember, one wrong move can put your or someone’s life in jeopardy. Don’t ever let it happen.

 

photo credit: US CPSC (flickr.com)


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