Everyone wants their home electrical system to be operated at safe levels to keep their loved ones from suffering serious injury. Electrical dangers are not common but we should be cautious in avoiding such extremely dangerous situations. Here is a whittled list of electrical safety tips from the leading electrical contractors in Hertfordshire to avoid electrical accidents occurring in your home.
Damage on Electrical Cords
The most common electrical hazard that occurs in home and residential locations is damage in electrical cord. From the kitchen to the living room, cords are everywhere. So, we have listed a few tips to avoid electric cord hazards.
- Check and repair damaged electric cords
- Unplug plugs by pulling heads not by cords
- Avoid overloading outlets with multiple cords
- Unplug malfunctioning appliances
- Minimise the use of extension cords
Temperature Levels of Water Heater
Did you know when water temperature is hotter than 120 degrees it only takes a few seconds for a person to suffer second or third-degree burns? This is caused by the improper temperature setting of water heater. Adjusting the temperature between 110 and 120 can prevent accidental scalding.
The warning signs of overloaded circuit are,
- Fuses keep blowing indicating a serious problem with your home wiring.
- Whenever you switch on an electrical appliance lights become dim.
- Sparking or sizzling noises from a power outlet.
- You can feel the heat near power outlets which indicates that wiring is overloaded.
How to Prevent It?
- Get your home electrical works done by a qualified or licensed electrician.
- Don’t use an extension cord as a permanent solution to a wiring problem.
- Never tape circuit breakers to the “on” position to prevent tripping. If you do this, it could result in wiring overheating and increase the chances of a fire at home.
Other Electrical Safety Tips for Winter
- Check whether all the chords are in good working condition clean the dust off any covers or wire cages, before putting your portable fans into storage.
- Adjust the thermostats of your fridge and freezer to avoid any havoc with your settings.
- Make sure that the electrical safety switch in your home is working normally.
- Ensure your fire extinguishers and fire blankets are within their use-by date.
- Test your smoke alarm to make sure it is in proper working condition.
In addition to these, review all electrical wiring and appliances around your home to ensure that they are free of any loose electrical wires and cords. Contact your local Hertfordshire electrical contractors to replace any damaged electrical equipment at your home. They will also get your equipment repaired if the equipment is good enough to be repaired.