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How To Maintain Electrical Safety In Your Home

Nearly all our products are electricity-run nowadays. It is simply an inescapable factor. However, did you know that more than 48,000 fires start annually due to faulty wiring, overloaded plugs and other hazards that could easily have been avoided with a little more maintenance and care? People often downplay the importance of this but as you can see many a tragedy could have been avoided otherwise. When we are capable of maintaining basic safety and hygiene rules, why not educate yourself on electrical safety as well in a household that runs heavily on electricity? Read on for more information on how to do just that.

Never Run A Cord Under A Rug

This is one of the basics of electrical safety. These wirings need a way of releasing their heat and when you cover them up with a rug you’re ensuring that they don’t do just that. This could very well lead to a fire if you aren’t careful. You need to also make sure they don’t run across doorways or other furniture so you can avoid both tripping (a dangerous hazard for a little child in the house) and fraying.

Temporary Usage

Learn what’s temporary in your house and what’s not. For example, extension cords for one are rather temporary.  Contact your residential electricians Sydney so you can have more receptacle outlets installed instead.  It is also worth remembering that the longer your extension cord, the more likely that the tools that run off it will burn out over time due to overheating or just run slowly and weakly due to the increased resistance across the wire.

Overheating

Sometimes the signs are almost too obvious that there is foul electrical wiring at play, but they are almost always ignored. For example, overheated outlets and switches are a dead giveaway that something is very wrong. You should seek professional help if this happens and also if you notice flickering lights or you have frequent problems with blowing fuses.

One At A Time

When you’re in a rush to get your cooking done, your coffee made and the toast is done, you might plug in more than one appliance (from your coffee maker to your toaster) in at a time. It might be efficient, yes but for the sake of safety and not overworking outlets (which will cost you more to fix), only plug in one heat-producing appliance at a time.

 Safety Precautions

There are certain things you can have installed as a safety precaution so this step comes highly recommended. For example, the Arc fault circuit interrupters act as a circuit breaker which essentially means that it shuts off electricity whenever something dangerous happens. There are also ground fault circuit interrupters which shut down electricity whenever there’s a shock hazard. These are mostly installed outdoors, in the kitchen, bathroom, laundry room, garages and basement.

Garden Maintenance

If you have a tree that looks like it could interfere with your wiring, get it seen to at once since it can cause a power outage if you wait for the branch to fall on its own.

These are the basics of electrical safety. Don’t forget this is just as important as your personal hygiene so educate your loved ones about electrical usage and be vigilant. Don’t shy away from professional help when need be.

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