Electrical hazards rarely happen, but when they do, they’re usually fatal and lead to massive financial losses as well as severe injuries. Unfortunately, hazard prevention isn’t something that’s widely practised or talked about. The best way to protect yourself and your loved ones against these hazards is by equipping yourself with the knowledge on how to prevent them.
Avoid DIY repairs.
One of the leading causes of electrical hazards is DIY (do-it-yourself) repairs. As much as electrical work looks easy and straightforward to fix, it’s equally dangerous and could lead to fatalities. Therefore, stay away from these kinds of repairs and installations. Instead, have only licensed and certified home or industrial electricians repair, install or dismantle your wiring. They will not only deliver impeccable work, but they will also do it according to the set rules and standards.
Check your extension cords.
With many appliances in a modern house using electricity, you’ll have a handful of extension cords to contend with. For you to remain safe, you must ensure that the cables are safe to handle. First, make sure that you always use the right extension cord. The wattage rating should match the output of your appliance. Also, physically inspect the cables for any crack or animal bite, as this could leave the wires naked and dangerous.
Heed the warning signs.
Before anything goes terribly wrong, there’s always the early signs. Electrical hazards are no different and hence you should heed these signs. Some of these could be a blown fuse, shocks when handling appliances, or a regularly tripping circuit breaker. When you notice some of these signs, call a professional electrician as soon as possible to come and have a check.
Safety comes first. That’s why electrical hazards should be averted by using all means possible. The above tips are some of the many ways you can prevent a potential electrical danger either at your place of work or home.