A house can catch fire, there can be a short circuit, and household appliances can get spoilt if there is an electrical breakage. There can be a huge loss, both financial and material. Any electrical breakdown can also lead to death or significant injuries. One should be cautious and careful while dealing with electrical appliances and circuits at home.
Below mentioned are few electrical safety tips:
Listen Carefully to a Breaker
A breaker that trips regularly and immediately after resetting is giving you a hint that there is an electrical problem. Most of the cases, it is the breaker that is to be blamed, and in some cases, it is the electrical load on the circuit. A severe electrical problem can also be a cause of the trip. If you continuously press the breaker, it will catch fire. So it is advisable to call a local electrician and get it fixed.
Educate Yourself When to Flee and When to Fight
There is a strong recommendation from fire-fighters to get out of the house if you witness a fire due to electrical breakage or any other reason. Once you step out of the house call the fire brigade and wait for them and solve the problem.
Always Avoid Water on an Electrical Fire
Water is a good conductor of fire, and hence it adds to the volume. It will lead it to grow larger. Grabbing a bucket of water is too tempting, but it should be strictly avoided. Instead, use a chemical fire extinguisher to put out the fire.
Fire Extinguishers Should Be Used Effectively
It is recommended to do a course on the usage of fire extinguishers. One should understand its mechanism and advantages. From pulling the pin to turning on the nozzle, all should be well understood.
Fix the Light That Flickers or Trip
A light fixture or a loose wiring splice can lead to a hazard and hence should be replaced. One solution to this can be by cutting the fixture and investigating the supply wiring and the installation. Replace the suspected fixture along with the new professional-grade types of wire connectors.
A Faceplate of an Outlet That Is Warm Should Be Investigated
There can be an electrical short circuit with the presence of extra-large electrical load operating on an outlet, loose electrical splice or undersized wiring. If the switches are warm it is a danger signal. The best solution is to cut power and investigate. One can look for melted connections, burned insulation and loose splice. Evaluating wattage of the device along with repairs, is needed. One should move equipment to another circuit if required or call the electrician in worst situations.
Avoid Extended Cords Wrapped in Electrical Tape and with Loose Ends
Extension on their use and its wear and tear can lead to damage of the cord. The best solution to this is cutting off the damaged cords and replacing loose ends. Ensure there is a regular heat exchanger service if it is installed, as its voltage consumption is high.
Fix Ceiling Fans That Wobble
There is a possibility of electric shocks and hazards when there is an imbalance of installed fan. In such instances, one should replace the box and ensure the damaged or missing hardware. Balance of fans, reinstall or cut power is a right solution before fixing a final solution.
One should ensure the wiring of the house is done well along with getting appliances which are certified and made as per the set and eligible standards. Ensure products of high voltage are kept away from the reach of children. It is better to take precautions rather than regretting in future with these electrical safety tips.