We rely on electrical systems to power almost every appliance or equipment in our home. Many of us cannot imagine life without this important resource. Electrical systems are powerful and useful but still very dangerous if not used carefully. These basic electrical tips will keep you and those around you, safe when interacting with electrical systems.
Using electrical cords
Electrical cords should be used for the purpose for which they are designed. Don’t use a cord as a cloth line or a leash or modify it to fit a different purpose. Always ensure the cord is securely plugged on the outlet before using. Examine your cords for damage before use. Make sure you don’t overload the cord and always make sure you are using the correct one in terms of length, weight and type. For instance, a cord that is designed for indoor use shouldn’t be used outdoors.
Avoiding electrical fires
Flickering light switches place your home at risk of an electrical fire. You shouldn’t use any damaged cords or try conducting electrical repairs on your own. If you have tools that give off a mild shock when in use, replace them immediately. It is important to have regular electrical safety inspections done in your home. And in case of an electrical fire, use baking soda or an extinguisher and not water, to fight it and run for safety.
Using electrical appliances
Make sure your appliances have adequate room for air circulation around them. Turn off appliances when they get too hot in order for them to cool off. Use only dry hands to touch appliances and make sure you turn off the power supply from the outlet before plugging or unplugging your electrical appliances. Most importantly, buy quality appliances which have been approved and tested to be safe in Durham NC.
Cover unused electrical outlets appropriately in your home especially if you have kids. Ensure there’s no wiring hanging outside the outlet. In areas that are exposed to water such as bathrooms, swimming pool or kitchen, choose the right outlet. If unsure, talk to a trusted Durham electrician to learn about the appropriate outlets.
Outside the house
Be extra careful when interacting with electricity outside the house. For instance, keep any trees around your home far from power lines. You can do this by pruning regularly. Don’t climb a ladder that is too close to a power line. Most importantly, don’t touch a power line that has gone down in an effort to determine if it’s live. Always know that getting into contact with a power line is fatal.