Electrical hazards are very dangerous. If your home electrics aren’t treated with care, they can cause serious injury or even become fatal for you and your loved ones. To keep everyone in your family safe, it is crucial that preventive measures are in place and that they are checked and maintained regularly.
Here’s what you can do to prevent electrical hazards in your home.
Ensure electricity and water are kept separate
If you want to avoid electrical hazards, then you have to absolutely ensure that water and electricity are kept well away from each other in your home at all times. As you know, they do not mix, and having them in close proximity will likely see them do just that.
If the situation should arise where any electrical devices have come into contact with water or even just moisture, you should head to your home’s panel board and shut off the power that is fed to the corresponding circuit. If you want to be extra cautious, then you should turn your power off altogether until an expert has told you that it is safe to turn it back on. Another scenario to avoid is leaving your electric lawnmower outside and risking it getting wet in the rain, so make it a rule to always put it back in the shed as soon as you're finished with the lawn. The same goes for all of your outdoor electrical tools - store them in a dry area at all times when they are not being used.
If an excessive amount of water finds its way into your home, be it through natural flooding or a burst pipe, then you have to do more than just turn your electrics off. You have to get in touch with a water restoration company, and you have to do so right away. These experts will come into your home and stopgap the water that is causing the electrical damage, and they would even safeguard your home going forward to ensure nobody is electrocuted.
Have GFCIs installed
You should have Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) installed in your home if you are serious about preventing electrical hazards in your home. What these receptacles do is detect current leakage or ground faults whenever they arise, shutting off the power automatically if they ever detect a problem. By doing so, they stop your fuses from being blown, and that means you don’t have the hassle and expense of replacing them in the future.
Install outlet covers
If you have children or animals, then you should certainly be investing in outlet covers. This kind of casing prevents small children from sticking things, including tiny fingers, into your electrical outlets, which stops them from faulting and becoming a hazard. More importantly, they restrict your babies and pets and stop them sticking parts of their own body in the outlets, an action that can result in injury and fatalities.
Replace broken wall plates
Wall plates and tiles aren’t just there to look pretty. They also help to protect you and your family from the wiring found behind them, which makes replacing broken ones imperative. If you don’t, then you are at risk of coming into direct contact with the wires that run electricity all around your home, and one wrong move could see both you and your home in big trouble.
Make sure light bulb wattage ratings are matched to your lamps
You can’t just pick a light bulb and hope for the best. What you need to do in order to avoid electrical hazards is become very particular with your bulb sourcing, paying close attention to their wattage ratings and how they align with your lamps’ own wattage specifications. By choosing too strong a bulb, you will likely overload your chosen lamp’s wiring, and this could result in the triggering of an electrical fire.
You can find the maximum wattage level that your chosen lamp can handle printed around its socket — make sure to write what you find down before you head to your local hardware store so that you know what kind of bulb you should be looking for while there.
If you want to stop electrical hazards turning into live problems for you and your loved ones in the future, then putting the preventive advice found above into practice will put your mind at ease!