Home is supposed to be our haven- someplace you and your family can be safe. However, when you buy or rent a house, you have no idea if the house was made in a way to protect you from all sorts of dangers. Many a time, the internal structuring such as piping, wiring, earthing, etc might not be done keeping the best interests of the residents at heart. This can be very dangerous for people living in the house.
Most of the time, the residents of the house are unaware of these faults. An electrical failure can lead to many accidents that can at times also be fatal. Thus, it is always better to be safe than sorry. Putting any appliances of high voltage can lead to overload, short circuits, and electrical fires if your electrical infrastructure is faulty. Since this is very risky and an average person is not very fluent with the electrical function of their house, it is for the best that additional safety measures are taken. It is never too late to adapt to these safety measures – no matter whether your house is old or new. Older houses with no electricity faults for a long time can also be prone to these risks since over time wires get worn out and other such complications. It is best to be on the safe side. This article talks about seven safety measures to keep your homes electrically safe.
Circuit Breaker: Of all the appliances that run in your homes, your electrical infrastructure may not be robust enough to handle the pressure of it all. That is why installing a molded case circuit breaker (MCCB) is one of the best options for you. It is electricity resistant and will prevent an overload or short circuit. It is built in such a way that it can exist in very humid areas as well.
Stabilizer: Whenever you are installing an appliance that runs on a high voltage supply, you must install a stabilizer that will correct this difference to adjust with the working of your overall power supply.
Regular check-ups: Pay very close attention to any loose wiring or open-ended wiring in your homes. These can be very dangerous, especially if you have small kids at your homes. Attend worn-out wires immediately to prevent hazards.
Don’t overload a socket: A very common problem these days, overloading a socket is when we connect many plugs to the same socket. This can result in many electrical complications. Instead, using a smart plug is advisable if you must put multiple plugs in a socket.
Unplug at the right times: Many people keep a plug into a live socket even when the plug is not in use. Not only does this pose a serious threat for people who might come in contact with other ends of an open wire but also leads to overheating. Unplugging at the right times will also save power surges.
Give appliances space for air circulation: Appliances when running for a long time create heating. Now if these appliances don’t have open space for air circulation, this prolonged heating can result in a fire hazard. That is why appliances should always be installed in open spaces.
Cleaning appliances: Sometimes electrical appliances like exhaust fans get very dirty over time and this can cause lag in the appliance. When forced to move in this condition, it can result in an electrical hazard. Thus, it is always better to get your appliances cleaned while strictly following the instruction manual.
Electrical safety is extremely important because negligence in that area can cost you heavily. Thus, you should be careful and keep close attention to the electrical functioning in your homes. A small negligence can even cost lives. Statistically, out of all home fires, 160 cases every year are caused due to faulty electrical settings of the house. The most dangerous part is that the electrical damages happen internally and so most people don’t know until the very end that they are on the brink of danger. So adapt these careful measures and make sure that you don’t treat any electrical faults less seriously than it needs to be dealt with. Following these measures will ensure an electrically safe home for you and your loved ones.