Electrical safety in the home is of utmost importance. Electricity powers our daily lives, but if mishandled, it can lead to fires, injuries, or worse. If you’ve been wondering whether your home is up to date on its electrical safety, and even if you’d know where to start, this blog can help you. Let’s explore the key aspects of electrical safety – you could even benefit from our top tips to help protect your loved ones in your home.
Tip 1. Follow instructions for electrical appliances
If there’s a step that we know many people miss, it’s reading the instructions. This is important to do, however, to ensure that there isn’t anything you’re doing incorrectly. It’s crucial not to be careless with electricity, so always ensure that you’re using your appliances responsibly.
Tip 2. Unplug your appliances when they aren’t being used
Although unlikely, leaving your appliances plugged in when they aren’t in use could increase the risk of an electrical hazard. The last thing you want is an electrical fire, so unplugging these appliances can reduce the risk altogether. It can also have a small impact on your electricity bill.
Tip 3. Never mix water with electricity
This is something that we all know, however it’s important to be vigilant about this in your home, especially if there are children around. Electrical equipment should be kept dry and water should be kept away from sockets and appliances, ensuring electrical safety for those concerned.
Tip 4. Never mix metal with electricity
Water isn’t the only thing that electricity mixes badly with – you also need to be careful around metal. Metal conducts electricity, so this could leave you open to receiving an electric shock if you’re not careful. This is also something to be aware of if there are children in the house.
Tip 5. Avoid your electrical appliances from overheating
If there are too many electrical appliances being used at one time, or if they are overcrowded, then they could become overheated. Overheating of these appliances could eventually lead to an electrical fire. Monitor your appliances in order to protect your home, and don’t use too many extension cords!
Tip 6. Be safe with your heaters
As we’re coming into the winter months, we’re probably all getting out our portable heaters again. It’s crucial to be careful with these appliances however – keep anything combustible away from them. They shouldn’t be covered, or near any loose hanging fabric such as curtains.
Tip 7. Keep your cables tidy
Organising your cables tidily isn’t only beneficial from an aesthetic point of view, but it will also prolong the life of them. If cables aren’t treated well, they can become frayed and damaged, which in the long run could pose an electrical risk. Keep them well organised to prevent this.
If you’d like to be sure that your home is safe when it comes to your electrics, then it makes sense to call in the experts – that’s us! Here at Hale Electrics Ltd, your safety is our priority. We can ensure that your home is up to date, and fully functioning. Get in touch with us on 020 3086 7631 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.