Electricity is a necessary part of your home, but wires, outlets and other parts of electrical systems can be dangerous and carry considerable risk. Sometimes we underestimate its capability of causing injury. Accidents involving electricity can lead to extensive property damage, severe injuries and even death.
With that in mind, it’s imperative for homeowners to take the following precautions:
- Check cables. Regularly monitor the condition of cables and extension leads. Damaged equipment must be repaired or replaced.
- Consider placement. Avoid running cables on hot surfaces or under rugs and furniture. These locations may cause overheating or other damage.
- Avoid overloads. Electrical fires are often caused by plug sockets being overused. Try to spread your appliances and devices between different outlets.
- Unplug unused devices. Even when you take other precautions, an unplugged appliance is still safer than one that is left plugged in. In addition, leaving equipment plugged in can lead to unnecessary increases in your energy bill.
- Adhere to instructions. Check manufacturers’ instructions for devices and ensure you are using the correct wattage for light bulbs
- Use the proper wattage. for lamps and lighting fixtures.
- Keep electrical appliances and tools away from water.
- Call a professional if you need help.
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