Simple Tips to Keep Your Home Safe from Electrical Shocks

Simple Tips to Keep Your Home Safe from Electrical Shocks - Sebring Services

Did you know that electricity is a leading cause of accidental fires across the globe? While it is easy to ensure that every electrical appliance is functional, it is far more difficult to ensure that it works safely. It is important that any installation and testing work should only be carried out by a certified and competent electrician. Everything right from circuit breakers and electrical cables to sockets and switches should be properly positioned and periodically inspected for safety from electric shocks during your home renovation.

Have the Following Inspected by a Competent Electrician to Stay Safe:

  1. Circuit Breakers

If you have moved into a newly constructed house, the circuit-breaker should be placed in the consumer unit. This unit automatically trips the circuit if there is a wiring fault. Circuit breakers are similar to fuse holders but much more accurate when it comes to power tripping.

  1. Electrical Fuses

A fuse automatically disconnects the circuit in case of a high current flow or faulty wiring. When the current exceeds the permissible level and poses a safety hazard, electrical fuses break the faulty circuit by melting and protect against short circuits and electrical fires.

  1. Electrical Enclosure

When it comes to electrical safety, enclosures play a vital role. Be sure to check that it can hold the equipment safely. It should offer complete protection from falling dirt, lint, splashing liquids, rain, snow and also comply with NEMA regulations.

  1. Electrical Cables

The proximity of electrical cables to hot surfaces and liquids can be hazardous. Have the condition of your cables checked for damage. Replace damaged cables immediately and ensure that they are not wrapped around any warm equipment.

You can easily avoid serious injuries by following these simple electrical safety tips in all the areas of your home.

Kitchen Safety Tips 

Simple Tips to Keep Your Home Safe from Electrical Shocks - Sebring ServicesGovernment statistics show that more than 50% of all electric fires are caused due to the faulty use of kitchen appliances. Take extra care when using kitchen appliances while avoiding contact with water and warm surfaces. Make sure that:

  • You don’t leave any electrical equipment unattended while it is working.
  • Combustible objects are kept away from the cooking area.
  • All the appliances are unplugged when not in use.
  • No appliances are used in wet condition.
  • Refrigerator coils are vacuumed quarterly.
  • No appliances are repaired while they are still plugged in.
  • Any grease or buildup in the ovens and grills is cleaned regularly as it can cause a fire.
  • All the cords are kept away from water and hot surfaces.
  • Microwaves and refrigerators are well ventilated.
  • A smoke detector is installed for complete protection.

Related: A Fresh Kitchen & Laundry Remodel in Naperville.

Bathroom Safety Tips

 Simple Tips to Keep Your Home Safe from Electrical Shocks - Sebring Services

The bathroom is one of the most hazardous areas of any house as water is an excellent conductor of electricity. The consequences of electric shocks are far more fatal in a bathroom as compared to other areas of the house. Stay safe in the bathroom by ensuring that:

  • Any electric installation is only undertaken by a registered and experienced electrician.
  • All the electric sockets and switches are at a safe distance from the shower and the water heater.
  • All the installations comply with the Part P regulations for electrical installation in bathrooms.
  • Sockets are installed at least three meters away from the shower.
  • All the light fittings are safely enclosed.
  • Water heaters are permanently wired.
  • Main-powered portable appliances such as hairdryers and radios are used outside the bathroom.
  • A central heating system is installed to keep the bathroom warm during winters.
  • The pull-cord controlling the heater is placed outside the bathroom.
  • A GFCI electrical outlet is installed for protection from potential hazards.

Related: Big Ideas for Bathroom Remodeling in Small Spaces.

Garden Safety Tips

Simple Tips to Keep Your Home Safe from Electrical Shocks - Sebring ServicesElectricity surely makes all your gardening tasks a total breeze but you cannot ignore the risk of electric shocks due to wet conditions. Avoid using electric equipment outdoors when it is raining and keep potential hazards at bay by ensuring that:

  • An RCD is installed for protection from electric shocks and accidental fires
  • Wear personal protective equipment when trimming your hedges
  • Make sure every socket outlet that is used for gardening purpose has RCD protection
  • Don’t cut grass during wet conditions
  • Ensure the RCD is tested every quarter by a certified electrician
  • Be sure to unplug your lawnmower when not in use.
  • Take complete care when digging in your garden area as there may be gas, electric or water services passing below the ground level.
  • Ensure the water supply pumps powered by the mains are inspected periodically for repairs and replacements.
  • Make sure every installation complies with the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Make sure all the outdoor connections are weatherproof to prevent moisture and liquids from seeping in.
  • Make sure that none of the electrical cables on either your mowers or any other gardening equipment are not frayed or twisted.

 

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  1. Sarah Smith October 6, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    I want to prevent electric shocks from happening in my house. I agree that you should make sure all electric installations are up to code. Another thing to consider is to get a licensed contractor to help you check everything.

  2. Kendall Ryder October 7, 2016 at 9:33 am

    I wouldn’t have really thought about garden safety when thinking about electrical safety. But, it is important to be safe with electricity wherever you are! I would hate to have something happen to my husband or me because of negligence. It would be good to know all of the electrical safety tips, such as not cutting wet grass, so that we stay happy and safe!

  3. AG November 15, 2016 at 12:22 am

    Safety is one thing that you have to consider in your home. Of course, you want to stay in a place that is safe and secure. As we all know electricity is the leading cause of problems at home and this is something that you must not take for granted especially if you have kids at home. Yes, a competent electrician can help you with it. These tips from you will ensure safety in your place.

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  5. Yilliang Peng February 27, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    I appreciate the tips you gave about how to stay away from any kind of electrical danger! My wife and I are remodeling our home and so we run into live wires sometimes. We are making sure to keep those posted up and to stay away from liquids. We never knew, however, that you aren’t supposed to wrap them around warm things. Thanks for the help!

  6. Leviticus Bennett May 18, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    I like your tip to make sure that electrical cables aren’t near liquids. My basement flooded a week ago. Although all of the water has been cleaned up, it’s probably a good idea to have an electrician take a look to make sure there aren’t any problems like you recommend.

  7. Taylor Hicken June 12, 2017 at 10:11 am

    Our home electricity has been freaking out for the past two days, and we can’t seem to figure out the issue. My husband said that he’s played with the circuit box as well, but everything is still pretty messed up.

  8. Carl July 12, 2017 at 9:02 pm

    This is great. Safety first should be always observed at home.

  9. Braden Bills August 1, 2017 at 10:20 am

    I want to make sure that I take care of my electricity. It makes sense that I would want to be careful around things like fuses and circuit breakers! If I ever have to do any work on anything like that I’ll just get a professional to work on it for me.

  10. Braden Bills October 23, 2017 at 8:42 am

    I’ve always been nervous about getting injured by messing with my electrical system. It makes sense that I would want to have a professional inspect things like my circuit breakers and electrical fuses! That way I don’t have to worry about any electrical issues.

  11. Aldrin March 18, 2018 at 8:46 pm

    I’ve always been hesitant about hiring an electrician, good thing you have shared these tips with us! I have been wanting to be able to hire someone without compromising our safety. Thanks for this great tips you’ve shared to us!

  12. Aldrin April 9, 2018 at 2:13 am

    This is a great blog! I like your tip to make sure that electrical cables aren’t near liquids, also about how to stay away from any kind of electrical danger! These are some really helpful tips and I am really glad I found your blog. Thank you so much for sharing these.

  13. Michael Paterson October 12, 2018 at 5:14 am

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