Electrical Safety

5 Ways to Prevent Electrical Hazards

By October 22, 2021 No Comments

5 Ways to Prevent Electrical Hazards at Home

Electricity in the home has become so much a part of our everyday lives that we often forget how much of a danger it can cause. As such, it’s time to refresh your memory on how to prevent electrical hazards at home and tidy up any that may pose a threat to your safety. 

#1 Keep appliances dry

The number one rule with electricity is to keep it away from water and other liquid substances. Electricity and water can be a deadly combination resulting in electrocution. If an electrical appliance comes in contact with a liquid while you are using it, switch off the power supply at your home’s electrical panel before unplugging it or trying to retrieve it. Wait until the appliance is dry before using it again. You can also have the appliance checked out by an electrician before using it again to ensure it is safe. 

#2 Pay attention to electrical signals

If you have an appliance that is repeatedly tripping the circuit breaker or blowing a fuse, you need to have an electrician look into it. It’s not just a coincidence; this is a sign that something is wrong. Prevent further and possibly more dangerous malfunctions by unplugging the appliance and discontinuing use until you have been given the all-clear by our team at North Lakes & Surrounds Electrical. 

#3 Cover your outlets if you have kids

If you have children living or visiting your home frequently, it’s advised you invest in some electrical safety outlet covers to reduce the risk of electrical hazards. These devices cover the sockets so children cannot stick their fingers or small metal objects into the outlets. 

If you have an appliance that is repeatedly tripping the circuit breaker or blowing a fuse, you need to have an electrician look into it. It’s not just a coincidence; this is a sign that something is wrong. Prevent further and possibly more dangerous malfunctions by unplugging the appliance and discontinuing use until you have been given the all-clear by our team at North Lakes & Surrounds Electrical. 

#4 Fit the right bulbs

You may not realise it but selecting the incorrect wattage can overload the wiring, posing the risk of overheating and the outbreak of a fire. For example, a 100-watt bulb in a lamp rated for a maximum of 60 watts will draw more power through the wires than it safely handles. 

#5 Avoid adaptors, extension leads, and power boards

Relying on adaptors, extension leads and power boards for the everyday use of your electrical appliances is one of the most common household hazards. These products are designed for limited use only and should not be a permanent solution to powering your household. If you need more outlets installed in your home, please call our team at North Lakes & Surrounds Electrical on (07) 3053 3118 for a quote. 

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Keeping your home electrically safe and sound is easier than it seems. Make it a habit to inspect appliances and electrical fittings for damage or wear and tear prior to use as well as check your cords for fraying or damage and replace them if necessary. If you have any concerns about your home’s electrical safety, our team of qualified electricians can help. Call us today on (07) 3053 3118 for more information.