Electricity runs all throughout our homes and is an essential element in our lives. It is, however, also a dangerous element and if not installed and looked after correctly can become a hazard. As something we use every day it can be forgotten that basic electrical safety is still required to ensure that there are no major issues within your home.
Appliances can be one of the more dangerous electrical tools as they are regularly used and in many cases are not build in to the home set up. Many of these are regularly unplugged or have exposed power points that need to be looked after.
Turning off all your electrical appliances before leaving the home is a great way to reduce the risks of injury. Avoiding them when you have wet hands and not sticking anything inside them whilst they are switched on is also important to ensure that you do not injure yourself or others nearby.
Power boards can be a big risk when they are overloaded with too many appliances. It is easy to forget that power boards can only hold so much depending on their rating and expecting them to handle more can lead to fires.
Kitchens and bathrooms
Electricity and water is not a match made in heaven, they are in fact the opposite. This means that extra care is required in areas that have electrical appliances and water regularly in close proximity. Turning off electrical appliances when they are not being used and keeping them away from sinks and taps ensures the safety of those using them.
Cords for appliances like TVs, toasters and irons can all get in the way and present a danger. This is why it is important to not leave cords extended through walk ways or across benches as it lends them to being tripped over or pulled and potentially causing electrical shocks or risky situations for those using the appliance.
Any cords that are exposed should be tucked up against walls and avoid walkways so that the risk of any electrical dangers is minimised.
Ultimately, electrical safety comes down to being aware of the appliances and power points that are around you and being careful not to expose them to water or other substances that could cause fires of shocks. Turning off appliances and power points when they are not in use is a great way to reduce the risk of any unforeseen dangers.