Electricity is all around us. We use it to power all of our electronics and appliances. Living without electricity would be incredibly difficult as so much of what we do depends on it. But wherever there is electricity comes a number of safety hazards which could put you and your family at risk. Learning about these can help prevent an electrical accident from occurring in your home. Here we’ll look at the most dangerous home electrical hazards.
1. Defective Electrical Wires
Defective electrical wires are particularly dangerous as they can increase the chance of fire. If you see any damaged or corroded electrical wires, have them replaced or upgraded immediately. Another way to check for faulty wiring is to feel the electrical outlet for heat or vibrations. In either of these cases, seek out a professional electrician to inspect and repair any defective electrical wires.
2. Electrical Outlets Close to Water
Water is an excellent electricity conductor. But it can result in electrical shock if you make contact with water as electricity surges through it. For this reason, it’s a good idea to keep all electrical outlets a safe distance away from any water sources. And never use any electrical devices such as a hair dryer or a phone near a full bath or on a wet floor.
3. Wrong Wattage Light Bulbs
Fitting a light fixture with a light bulb that has a higher wattage than recommended can cause intense heat and overload the lamps wiring – both of which can cause a fire. You can take steps to minimize these hazards by using light bulbs with the correct wattage.
4. Overloaded Power Strips
Multiple outlet power strips are frequently used to provide power for many electronics. While certainly convenient, these are primarily designed for smaller electronics like computers and gaming consoles. Overloading power strips with high-current devices, such as ovens, microwaves, and space heaters can cause the power strip to overheat and lead to a fire.
5. Unprotected Electrical Outlets
Young children are naturally curious about their environment. However, electrical outlets pose a serious danger if they put their finger or a metal object into the outlet. Use plastic closures or child safety wall plates to cover any unprotected outlets, especially those that are within reach.
6. Improper Use of Extension Cords
Extension cords are useful to get the extra reach you need to connect an electrical device. However, extension cords are often used improperly which can result in a safety hazard. Be sure to purchase extension cords with SAA certifications to ensure they comply with safety requirements and match the cord to its specified use.
7. Overheating of Wires
Even newer wires are susceptible to overheating as most are heavily coated. To avoid any problems with your electrical devices and appliances, make sure the wires have enough space around them to receive sufficient air and ventilation.
8. Attempting Electrical Repairs Yourself
Perhaps the most dangerous electrical hazard is attempting any repairs yourself. If you are not properly trained, attempting to fix any issues presents significant risks and could even cause more damage than before. Always leave any electrical work to a professional electrician no matter how minor the issue is.
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