Best Electrical Safety Tips to Keep Your Home Safe

Best Electrical Safety Tips to Keep Your Home Safe

Our everyday life is heavily dependent on electricity. We use electricity for powering electrical devices, charging electronic appliances, cooking, and even for entertainment. Though electricity brings convenience to our lives, it can be a hazard if not handled with precaution and care. Failing to use electrical devices appropriately can lead to electrical burnouts, electrocutions, and even fires. Therefore, when dealing with electricity in your home, it is vital to follow precautions and install necessary protective measures to ensure the safety of your house as well as your loved ones. 

You can keep your home and your expensive electrical appliances from electrical damages and risks easily by following these tips mentioned below: 

  1. Prevent coming in contact with live electrical current
  2. Coming in contact with a live electrical wire without precautionary gear can electrocute you, causing blackouts, seizures, heart problems, and can even be fatal. So, it is better to completely avoid all potential contacts with electrical wires and live electrical currents. While working with currents over 50V, make sure you are equipped with proper gears, while maintaining a safe distance. To prevent unintentional contact with a live electrical current flow, make sure there are no exposed wires, the panel doors are shut, and the wire is away from moisture. The use of electrical protection devices ensures security against contacts with live electrical currents.

  3. Safe use of Electrical equipment
  4. While dealing with electrical equipment, it is crucial to ensure proper handling to avoid damage to the equipment, electrical accidents like fires and electrocution. Therefore, while handling electrical equipment like cords, wires, and circuits, it is important to keep in mind the following: 

    • Turn the source of electricity off and unplug electrical cords and wires before you start working with them. 
    • Avoid stretching or pulling at the cord as it can cause wear and tear. Pull the plug head and never the cords.
    • Prevent using staples on cords. Stapling cords together can damage the cord, and also expose the live wire.
    • Avoid hanging electrical equipment from the electrical cords or wires.

    Make sure to inspect the electrical equipment carefully before and after use for external signs of damage. It is safer to avoid faulty plugs or damaged wires to reduce the chances of short circuits and accidents. Regular maintenance of equipment and replacing them from time to time ensures the equipment works optimally and reduces the risk of accidents. 

  5. Using proper physical barriers and isolation systems around electrical hazards
  6. Using proper physical barriers and isolations systems can significantly bring down the risks of electrical accidents. Therefore, to ensure the best security from electrical hazards, it is important to use physical barriers around the home. Such physical barriers include: 

    • Cabinet doors over electrical panels
    • Proper insulation around live or exposed wires
    • Appropriate indicators or markers to raise awareness of electrical hazards in the home
    • Properly attending the children and pets so they don’t come in contact with the live electrical flow

    Other than these, be cautious about the overloaded electrical outlets and use electrical safety devices like automatic outlet covers, cable management systems, and safety plastic caps. 

  7. Using proper circuit protection devices
  8. One of the best ways to ensure maximum electrical protection for your home is by installing proper circuit protection devices. MCBs (Miniature Circuit Breakers) and MCCBs (Molded Case Circuit Breakers) are frequently used as automatic switches that prevent high levels of electricity from flowing through the circuit during electrical anomalies like overloads, surges, and thunderstorms. MCBs and MCCBs are automatically triggered whenever excessively high voltage current is detected in the circuit, instantly breaking the circuit to disrupt the flow of electricity. In addition to MCBs and MCCBs, households also use Residual Current Devices (RCDs) and grounding systems to prevent electrical surges during thunderstorms.

You should also follow precautions like using outlets with correct wattage to prevent short circuits and overloads, keeping your electrical appliances and power outlets away from water and moisture, frequent maintenance of wires and electric supply lines, and keeping unused wires unplugged from power outlets.

With these tips in mind, you can keep your home safe from electrical hazards. Schneider Electric has attractive offers on a wide range of electrical products and protective measures against electrical hazards. It provides a one-stop solution for all your electrical requirements and components at incredibly affordable prices. Ensure the ultimate electrical protection for your home and your loved ones with Schneider Electric. Visit our e-shop at https://shop.schneider-electric.co.in/

 
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