Electrical Safety Norms: Stay Safe At Home

Since it was invented in 1882, electricity has become an important part of our lives. We switch on the lights when entering dark rooms or we turn on the computer to watch a movie or do research on the internet. And we constantly need more and more power as technology is moving forward, leading to the development of new gadgets.

But what most of us fail to understand is that with technological advancement, the wiring system is in need of an upgrade. If we don’t want to be the prey of wiring problems such as arcing and sparking, we’d better seek the assistance of professionals to take a look at our cables, outlets and main panel. You can never be too careful knowing that electric current can race through the human body causing shocks, severe burns and even heart attack and electrocution. Even a small electric shock can be lethal.

Being safe at home

Obsolete wiring systems are an important cause of home accidents that can lead to fire or smoke intoxication. Flickering lights or fuses that blow regularly are signs that should point you to the direction of an electrician. Sparks or overheating outlets mean you’re overloading your wiring system and you should use large appliances one at a time. Be very careful if you sense even a small tingle when plugging in or unplugging electronics and never do that barefoot.

If your home is older than 20 years, hire domestic electricians to:

• Look at you fuse box and replace it with a circuit breaker;

• Replace aluminum wires with copper ones;

• Replace all your outlets with double-insulated polarized plugs;

• Install ground fault circuit interrupters that turn off the power when danger is detected;

• Replace all broken cables.

Safety during storms

In case of a storm, keep away from electronics, meaning you cannot plug in or unplug any device. Refrain from using wired telephones as cables can lead an electrical discharge straight to your body. Also, stay away from windows, as they cannot stop lightning from entering your home. Avoid contact with anything connected to pipes as electricity travels through the ground as well.

Other safety concerns

Never operate electronics near a water source or while standing on a wet floor. Always wear shoes when operating electronics. If you drop a device in water, turn off the power and unplug the objected before taking it out of the water. Keep heaters at a fair distance from furniture and turn them off when going to bed. Use electrical blankets to simply warm up the bed and do not place anything on top of them. Never touch a person touching electrical sources. The human body conducts electricity and if the person is electrocuted, you will be as well.

Make Your Home Comfortable

There are many advantages to owning your own house. Apart from the fact that you can go to bed at night knowing that there will be no landlord knocking your door to the point of breaking it in the morning, there is also the added comfort of knowing that you can make adjustments to the house as you see fit. Most often, there are limitations on what you can do on a house when you are tenants. Even if you are allowed to make modifications, there may be prior authorizations needed from the landlord which in itself may be a huge headache.

Now that you own your own property, you can make any changes want as long as they don’t affect the rights of your neighbors and are allowed by law. With your own property, being comfortable becomes important and irrespective of the state in which you bought the house, you will be only too happy to make any modifications that will make the house a place you always rush back to after your busy days. There are a lot of things you can do to make your house comfortable.

Get a swimming pool

This may sound luxurious but is something that can greatly add to the comfort and beauty of your home. If you can afford it, a swimming at home is really something to have. However, this will ultimately depend on the amount of space you have available. As you go about constructing the swimming pool, don’t forget to add some DIY pool fencing in Perth especially if you have children. 

Modify the kitchen and bathroom

Your kitchen and your bathroom are two places in the house where you probably spend the most time. You should do all to make them look their best. Some may say it is unnecessary luxury but until you get the feel of a beautiful kitchen and bathroom, you will not be able to understand how relaxing and happy it can make you feel. It is a therapy on its own.

Get a home cinema

These days you really do not need to go out with the whole family to the cinema. You can create your own cinema room right at home. Choose one of the rooms in the house and adapt it to cinema room. Get good gadgets such as television and sound system. This will help ensure you get that cinema feeling right at home.

Get a home gym

You really need to exercise that body and why go to the gym when you can create your own gym experience at home? Create space in the house that can carry a few workout machines. Instead of running out early in the morning or late at night to the gym, you can just spend your gym time right in your mini gym at home.

Get a good security system

All the facilities you put in your house will be useless if you cannot feel secure while at home. That is why for added comfort, it will be nice to get good security system installed at your home. In that way, you can go to bed at night knowing that your family and property are safe.