Millions of people all over the world are exposed to electrical accidents. Many of them get seriously injured, and some of them have to leave their life! But, still, no one can stop using electricity. Simply, we can’t stay away from it! It’s everywhere! Today’s whole world is running on electricity. We must keep ourselves safe from the electricity. Following are some simple electrical safety tips.
Things to consider during electrical wiring installation:
- Employ only registered and qualified electrician for electrical installation.
- Make sure that the electrician uses safety devices such as ELCB, RCD, MCB etc. appropriately wherever necessary.
- Consider using childproof sockets to deter small kids from poking small things inside.
- Keep electrical sockets and switchboards high enough, so that small kids can not reach to them and poke small things inside the sockets.
- Don’t put sockets inside a bathroom. (Don’t plan to use electrical appliances, such as electric hair dryers inside bathroom).
- Sockets and switchboards should not be very close to the kitchen sink.
- Never trail cables under carpets and rugs or near from hot objects.
Things NOT to be ignored:
- Don’t overload sockets using an extension board or by any other means. It will cause high current flow in installed wiring and may cause it to damage.
- Never touch any connected electrical appliance with wet hands.
- Don’t wrap flexible cables around equipment (like iron) when it is still hot.
- Don’t try to clean or repair any appliance when it is still plugged in.
- Always make sure switch is off before plugging any appliance in.
- Keep electrical cords away from kids.
- Never unplug any item before switching off and/or by pulling its cord.
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Inspect your home wiring:
After a span of time from the electrical installation in your home, it is very important to check whether your electrical wiring is well and safe. Here are few safety checks you can do yourself:
- Ensure that sockets and switches are not damaged. Replace damaged ones immediately from a qualified electrician.
- Check if visible wires are damaged or their insulation is cracked (do this only after putting the switches off). Replace damaged wires.
- Check if your light fittings are lose or visibly damaged, replace them if they are.
- If you are living in a home which is more than 10 years old, you should get the electrical wiring inspected by a qualified electrician.
- Always turn the power off at mains when carrying out any electrical repairs & only attempt repairs if you know what you are doing.
Note: Always be careful when working with or near electricity.
What to do if someone is getting an electric shock?
- Never touch the person who is getting an electric shock, or you could suffer from the shock too.
- When you see someone getting an electric shock, try to switch off the power as soon as possible.
- If switching off the power is not possible, try separating the person from the electric supply with the help of an insulating material like a long wooden stick.
- If the person suffered from electric shock falls unconscious, call an ambulance immediately.
These are some basic electrical safety tips. Feel free to add more in the comments section.