From the moment your household wakes up, it relies on electricity. Whether you’re flicking on a light switch or opening the refrigerator, it’s at the forefront of our everyday lives. It’s become second nature to utilise electricity throughout our homes, but as practical as it is, we must also recognize it also brings several electrical hazards.
By learning about your home’s electrical system and the appliances within it, you can help prevent electrical accidents.
Keep your household safe with these ten tips:
1. Unplug appliances when not in use
As well as being energy saving conscious, unplugging your appliances when you’re not using them help protect them against any sudden surges or other potential dangers.
2. Avoid overloading outlets
Too many devices, extension cords, and adaptors on a single outlet can cause circuit breaker trips, cutting the electric flow to that entire circuit, or the circuit wiring to overheat potentially causing a fire. Don’t risk it!
3. Allow sufficient space for air circulation
It’s important that electrical equipment is kept cool whilst its working. Without it, it may quickly become a fire hazard. Ensure you’re not putting anything on top of electrical appliances and avoid running them within confined spaces.
4. Water and electricity don’t mix!
A commonplace fact, but still worth keeping in mind. Water and electricity are a fatal combination. Always dry your hands before using electrical appliances to avoid potentially being electrocuted.
5. Always read manufacturer’s instructions
For safety out of the box, always read the instructions from the makers themselves. Not only will their guidance help you use your product correctly, but it will also keep you safe.
6. Check your smoke alarms
Your home’s smoke alarms are your first line of defence in the event of a fire. Are yours properly maintained and regularly checked? Don’t forget any alarms in any outbuildings too.
7. Clean your exhaust fans
Appliances with exhaust fans can easily become clogged and dirty. Keep them clean to boost your appliances lifespan and to negate a potential fire hazard in your home.
8. Storing your appliances
Only use a certain kitchen appliance once a year? Whilst not in use, keep it stored in a dry, safe place. When using it next, check for water damage and any lose cables.
9. Check your cables
Over the years, usual wear and tear can cause damage to your appliance’s cables. Make it a habit to check leads and cables to appliances and devices that are used regularly in your home to ensure they’re in good working order.
10. Call a professional
Don’t risk it. If your lights are flickering or there’s a burning smell within your home, don’t delay. These warning signs may signal a bigger electrical fault that needs to be assessed by a qualified Allstate Electric technician.