We use numerous electrical appliances at home on a single day. Electrical hazards such as short circuit, electrocution, overheating, burns and even fire are common occurrence. With an increase in the number of electrical appliances at homes, these risks also multiply. Therefore, we need to take some safety measures around homes to ensure no one is at risk during the operation of these appliances.
Here are 10 tips along this line that you’ll find useful.
1. Buy only ISI certified electrical products, whether it is a TV, microwave, electrical cords or room heater. This is to make sure that consumers use devices that conform to nationals safety and quality standards.
2. Give sufficient space around appliances that usually generate heat like TV, refrigerator and computer monitors. This will ensure proper air circulation and cooling of these appliances. Do not drape clothes over these appliances.
3. Unplug unused cords and appliances and stow them away from the reach of children and pets. Check the cords for cracks or frays. Don’t let them come into contact with water bodies.
4. Use bulbs with the right wattage requirements for each electrical fixture. Bulbs of higher wattage can cause fixtures to overheat. CFL bulbs are more efficient and safer than incandescent bulbs and supply higher level of light at a lower wattage.
5. Never allow children to play close to electric appliances. Accidental touch can lead to electrocution.
6. Matters related to electricity are not a child’s play. Never install or repair electrical devices yourself. Hire a professional electrician who knows what he is doing.
7. Never make the mistake of touching any electrical socket, gadget or appliance such as a switch, toaster or hair dryer with wet hands. Water and electricity make a lethal combination.
8. Keep potentially combustible materials such as curtains and clothes away from heat sources like space heaters to avoid accidental fires.
9. Make sure every electrical circuit at home is accompanied by foolproof circuit breakers including MCB, RCCB and RCBO circuit breakers to avoid electrical overloads and short circuits. Electrical isolators also serve similar purposes.
10. Do not overload electrical sockets and outlets with too many plugins simultaneously. This can stretch these electrical equipment beyond their actual capacity to operate, and it can lead to overheating and even fire breakouts.