Avoiding Electrical Hazards
Electrical safety is a general practice of handling and maintaining electrically powered equipment to prevent incidents. Adequate training is required to properly identify and control hazards to keep the environment safe for those around. Whether you’re at work or at home, both settings operate on electricity. Here are 5 electrical safety tips from a professional residential electrician to help you avoid electrical hazards:
Prevent electrical equipment from contacting wet areas
Keep water and other liquids at least 5 feet away from electrical equipment and sources of electricity. It is recommended to install Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) which help in preventing electrical incidents like electrical shock, ground faults, fires, overheating, and destruction of wire insulation.
Ensure safe use when unplugging
When disconnecting electrical equipment, gently pull it by plug instead of jerking the electrical cord. Pulling by the cord can damage the electrical cable and cause a shock.
Understand your switchboard
A switchboard is an electrical safety device that protects and isolates the operator from electrical current. It controls the flow of electricity by dividing, distributing, and metering electrical power to different parts and devices. To ensure the best performance and safety, electrical power entering the switchboard must resemble the amount of power it distributes. Otherwise, it can cause overheating and lead to a fire.
Install proper and tidy electrical cords
The good electrical installation consists of fixed electrical equipment and electrical cords out of the way (and out of reach of pets that can chew on them).
Investigate Flickering Lights
Have flickering lights checked and fixed as it can be caused by loose connections somewhere or the bulb itself needs to be secured or replaced.
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