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.