Electricity is such a common part of people’s lives that they often forget just how dangerous it is. The risk of hazards that can be caused by electricity are numerous and severe, from electrocution to fires. Because most residents in a house make use of electricity on a daily basis, you will need to make sure that home electrical safety is followed for everyone’s sake.
The first thing that you will need to do to ensure electrical safety at home is to see to it that none of the outlets and appliances is liable to be exposed to water. Electricity is able to travel through water, causing electrocution, so it’s essential that these are far from any areas that can get wet. If you need to have outlets in areas that are prone to moisture, such as the kitchen and bathroom, make sure that these are GCFI (ground fault circuit interrupter). This monitors the flow of electricity in circuits. When it detects spikes, interruptions, and such in the electricity, it automatically shuts off the electric flow. However, even with GCFI, make sure that you follow the basic home electrical safety rules. Don’t touch any electrical devices and outlets that have been exposed to water. Don’t use any appliances in or near water. Don’t plug, unplug, or touch outlets or appliances if your hands are wet.
Regularly check up on the appliances and outlets in your homes for any problems. If there are cords that are damaged, replace these immediately. Electrical tape will only work for a period of time, so make sure that you change the wires as soon as possible. If you don’t know how to do this, get an electrician to check these, as well as the other outlets and appliances in your home. It’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to electricity. You will also need to make sure that wires and cords are kept when not in use so that no one will end up stumbling over these cables. If you have children at home, make sure that the outlets have plugs or covers so that kids wont be able to touch these.
Home electrical safety isn’t just for indoors. If there are any drop lines or live wires that have dropped, don’t touch these. Instead, report these to authorities. Make sure that your antennas, whether for television or for the radio, are away from power lines, at least enough so that even if these are blown off by the strong winds, these will still not come in contact with these electrical lines. If you have kids who like flying kites, teach them to do so away from the power lines. Tell them not to climb electricity poles and trees that have power lines going through the branches as well.
Make sure that your children know and follow your home electrical safety rules. While they may be tempted to play with electrical appliances and devices, teaching them about the hazards should make them aware that these are not playthings.