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Household Electrical Safety Tips

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Household Electrical Safety Tips

Every home has many electrical appliances. Almost every home has electrical clocks, water heaters, ovens, dishwashers, washing machines, clothes irons, refrigerators, and room heaters. Apart from these many personal care appliances such as shaving machines and hair dryers too run on electricity. Since these appliances can be potential safety hazards and can lead to fires or cause electric shock, it is essential that you ensure that every one at home is aware of the way to use these appliances safely.

  1. Center Point Energy advises that consumers should ensure that all electrical appliances are authorized by a consumer laboratory.

    1.Poignant Advice

    Center Point Energy advises that consumers should ensure that all electrical appliances they purchase are authorized by a consumer laboratory such as Underwriters Laboratories.


    Follow these simple safety measures to reduce the chances of a fire at home and that your electrical situation in your home is secure.


    1. Block unused power outlets especially if you have small children at home.


    2. Never use an electrical appliance when you are standing in water or when your hands are wet.


    3. Unplug unused appliances to ensure that they are not switched on accidently.


    4. Place all heat generating electrical appliances in places that permit free circulation of air to cool them. Never cover them.


    5. Always use electrical appliances as per the manufacturer’s directions. Unless you are an expert in electrical repair work, do not attempt to repair electrical appliances on your own. It is best to retain the services of an experienced electrical contractor listed online or someone who has been recommended to you to carry out the work for you. This is safer and will probably save you money in the long term. It will certainly save you time.


    6. Check all electrical cords for signs of fraying. This includes the cords attached to power tools, holiday lights, and seldom used appliances.


    7. All cords should be plugged firmly into the outlets. If a cord is loose, it can fall out easily and be a danger to others.


    8. Never overload power outlets with more appliances then they can support.


    9. Use extension cords as a temporary solution, not to provide power permanently.


    10. Large appliances such as washing machines, dish washers, refrigerator, and ovens should be plugged in using three-pin plugs where the third pin is grounded or earthed.


    11. Replace any appliances or tools that give out even a mild shock.


    12. Ensure that small children do not play near large electrical appliances.


    13. Never use an electrical cord for any other purpose such as a clothes line or jumping rope.


    14. In case an electrical appliance emits a spark or sparks, cut off power supply to it by switching of the circuit breaker at the main energy outlet.


    15. An electrical fire should not be put out using water. Water and electricity together are a major hazard and care should be taken to keep them apart.


    16. Keep electrical appliances away from places where water is stored or used. This means that electrical appliances should be placed away from the sink, bath tub, swimming pool, and so on.


    17. Bulbs should be screwed on tightly to the holder. If the holder is too loose, change either the bulb or the holder to prevent accidental sparks.


    18. Cords should never by stapled or nailed into position. If you need to secure cords to a particular place, use tape or ties.


    19. Electrical cords should not be placed under carpets or rugs. They should not run across doorways.


    20. When you notice that an outlet or switch is warm or heated, call a qualified electrician to check the wiring in your home.


    21. Replace any lights that flicker often. If even the new bulb starts flicker, call an electrician to check the wiring in your home.

  3. 2.Minimizing any Hazards and Making sure Your Home Operates Correctly

    By following these guidelines, you can reduce the hazards of a fire caused by a faulty electrical appliance or wiring.

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