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Handy Tips For Electrical Safety At Home

Handy Tips For Electrical Safety At Home

Handy Tips For Electrical Safety At Home
Plugging-in all heavy appliances in a single power outlet could cause overloading, avoid it. (Dreamstime/Pawel Pszczola)

Electrical appliances are an integral part of our everyday lives; we use these for faster completion of common household chores. To ensure that these run well and there are no detrimental consequences, we require uninterrupted electricity and in-good-shape electrical points. Implementing the basic safety measures in a household is the first step towards a comfortable lifestyle. Operating electrical wiring or a device with bare hands and foot is a strict no-no.

MakaanIQ lists a few handy tips you should follow for electrical safety at home:

Modular switches

Modular switches are like traditional switches but with better functioning. Modern accessories of electrical wiring systems, including shuttered switches and sockets, are thoughtfully designed. These are easy to operate and have silver in-laid contacts, an anti-weld design and hidden screws, giving an elegant appearance. These are a must-have at your home, especially if you have young growing kids.

Safety with electrical appliances

Always unplug all the appliances and devices when they are not in use. The appliances that tend to heat up must be placed in a well-ventilated area. It is unsafe to cover the wires or cords under carpets. Plugging in all heavy appliances in a single power outlet could cause overloading, so avoid doing so. Keep a tab on the adapter's rating for appliances to ensure the total current does not exceed. Also make sure that water sources or furnishing or other flammable products at home are not kept close to any electrical appliance.

Safety in bathroom and kitchen

Bathrooms and kitchens are the areas where water and electrical appliances have to co-exist at your home. For instance, appliances like dishwashers, washing machines and geysers are all a mix of water and electricity. Never repair an appliance when it is still plugged in. Make sure geysers, heaters and towel rails are at a safe distance from the bath or shower. Install enclosed ceiling lights and do away with the ones that hang down. Regularly clean the oven and grill as the accumulation of fat and grease may lead to fire. Never pull out a toast from a toaster with a metal knife when the device is still switched on.

Efficient insulation system

Electrical power systems must be given proper insulation; this has numerous advantages besides just safety. The primary benefit is minimised energy consumption which leads to significant saving on cost. They even act as a shield during impact and abrasion.

Other accessories for electrical safety

Install safety switches that prevent excess current leakage by turning on when an appliance develops a fault. Smoke detectors could also be installed at strategic points in the house to sense when there is a fire or a spark in the home. Finally, ensure safety and minimise risks through proper electrical earthing for your apartment.

Last Updated: Mon May 02 2016

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