Electrical safety in your home is vital because electric hazards can pose a serious threat to everyone in the household. As a homeowner, it would be advantageous if you could identify when your electrical system has become unsafe, and know how to use electric equipment appropriately and safely. Keep in mind that a professional should carry out most of the electrical work in your home. Calling a certified electrician to check your wiring and other related concerns can guarantee the safety of your family and property.
These are everyday electrical items that you should know how to use correctly.
- Electrical Appliances. Before using your home appliances, make sure they are all safe to use. If something is damaged or broken, turn it off and remind everyone not to use it. You can either replace it or have it fixed.
- Power Boards. Keep your switchboards in a well-ventilated area in your home. It is better to turn them off when nobody is using them.
- Extension Leads. Typically, you use an extension lead only temporarily. They should not be on view and keep them away from water when in use. Check their condition regularly.
- Electrical Power Points. Before you plug in your appliances to a power point (also known as an electrical socket), make sure you switched it off. Never use a socket that has visible wires or other indications of damage.
The following are useful tips that can give you a warning about whether it is time to call an expert to perform an electrical safety check-up.
Every home has a different electrical system. A professional electrician is the right person to tell you how often your house needs wiring checks. An older home has a higher risk, unlike a modern house constructed in the past ten years that usually has an electrical system But do not assume that if you have a modern home, there would be no electrical problems. Call a professional at least 2-3 years.
It is essential to check your circuit breaker or fuse box regularly because it safeguards the electric circuit in your house. The fuse box is often placed outside the house or in the garage. Open it and look for evidence of malfunction; for example, the reading of the voltage is zero. Also, if you can see damage to wires inside the box, then there is a problem with the electrical wiring. Call a tradesperson at once if you spot any damage or issue in your circuit breaker.
In these modern times, most homes are using many different appliances and buying new ones at least once a month. If your home has air conditioners, sound systems, an oven, HD TV, several plug-in chargers, etc., then all the more you need to be watchful.
When there are sparks every time you plug in an appliance, or your fuse box is melting, this is another telltale sign that you should call a professional. Overheating can cause a fire, so unplug the appliance and repair or replace it.
Electricity is a complex and dangerous process. If you have no idea what you are doing, you could get electrocuted or cause a fire. It is best to leave the electrical work to the professional electrician. The cost of their check-up, repair, or maintenance is nothing compared to the safety of your family.