Your home’s electrical system is integral in providing you with a pleasant living experience. We all depend on electricity, so practicing good electrical safety habits is vital. As important as your electrical system is, there are some common electrical safety hazards that you should avoid at all costs. Below are some tips to prevent electrical issues in your home.
Replace or Repair Damaged Wiring
Exposed wiring is hazardous. There is a reason that power cords have that rubber coating on the outside. It provides a barrier between the wires that carry electrical currents from your walls to your devices. Without that barrier, your cord becomes a considerable safety hazard.
Avoid Relying On Extension Cords
Extension cords are handy for moving power to something too far from an outlet to plug in. Unfortunately, with long cables come tripping hazards. If someone stumbles over the line, they can be hurt. They may also yank the line out of the wall, which can cause many other problems. Another important safety note about extension cords and power strips is that they are meant to be temporary. It is highly unsafe to leave things plugged into them for too long.
Child-Proof Your Electrical System
Children are naturally curious, especially babies and toddlers. They like to explore everywhere they possibly can. This means they may come in contact with exposed electrical outlets or appliances. By making your electrical system childproof, you can rest assured that your children will be safe.
Avoid Water And Electricity
Keep electrical appliances away from water and moisture at all times. If a plugged-in device falls — or is accidentally dropped into water — whether turned on or off, do not attempt to retrieve or unplug it. Go to your home’s panel board and turn off the associated circuit. The gadget can then be safely unplugged and removed from the water. After the device has appropriately dried, have an electrician inspect it to see if it is safe.
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