5 Electrical Safety Tips You Need to Know

It is important to know basic electric safety tips to avoid any sort of emergencies at home. Every day, hundreds of incidents occur due to negligence and unawareness. Most of the fire incidents also occur due to electric short circuits. 

People do not bother about electric safety at home and this is a reason, they suffer from damage. Here, you will learn some quality suggestions to keep your home and residents safe. Let’s dive into details: 

Unplug Main Circuit before Repairing 

You should make sure to do repairs only when the main circuit is turned off. The majority of people make a mistake as they start checking faults in a circuit without a tester without even wearing gloves or turning off the main circuit. 

It ultimately leads to a major loss. Indeed, all appliances in the house stop working when you turn off the main circuit but safety precautions are still important. This small yet important step can make the repairing process hazardless. 

Do Not Touch Switch Boards with Wet Hands 

When it comes to repairing electric circuits or appliances, touch them with wet hands only. Moreover, it is also important to not keep water near circuits. It would be great if you wear gloves that do not allow current to pass through them. 

Insulated gloves are not expensive and they will help you to do repairs without bothering about current. However, when you do an electric repairing task at home, make sure that kids do not come near that place.

Do Not Use Damaged Extension Cords 

The majority of people do not bother about damaged extension cords as they keep using them. This can cause serious problems. So, if you have such cords in the house, get rid of them and buy new ones. It is not only about current but expensive electric appliances also get damaged when you connect them with sub-quality extensions. 

When such cords spark, connect devices also get damaged. Therefore, careful use is mandatory. It would be better to replace damaged cords with quality ones because the longevity of appliances also depends on the cords they are plugged in. 

Call Professional for Emergencies 

Whenever there is an emergency, do not use your tactics to get over that instead calling a professional is mandatory. An experienced electrical contractor can handle such things more efficiently. If you notice frequent sparks in the wiring, turning off the main circuit should be the first step. However, if sparks lead to fire, dial the emergency number and get instant help. Evacuating the place is also crucial if the sparks or fire seem uncontrollable. 

Rely on Top-Quality Wiring 

When you install electric wiring in the house, it is important to not compromise on the quality. Top-quality wiring does not get affected easily even if the flow of current changes badly. In short, these suggestions are crucial to follow for keeping the house and residents safe. You should teach basic electrical safety tips to your kids too. 

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About the Author: Peter Beaumont

Peter Beaumont is a senior reporter on Daily Mid Time Global Development desk. He has reported extensively from conflict zones including Africa, the Balkans and the Middle East and is the author of The Secret Life of War: Journeys Through Modern Conflict. Email: peter@dailymidtime.com