10 Tips to Prevent Electrical Disasters

Accidents happen around electrical equipment all the time.

Do you have a loose switch you weren’t aware of? Maybe, the next thing you will know is this: Your soul is out of your body after a shock and everything is painful. Do you have damaged and unprotected wiring lying around? Maybe your next step might make you regret not keeping your lines safe. As much as accidents can happen all the time, you can do something about it. It’s better not to put yourself in harm’s way.

These are simple and common ways to avoid getting the shock of your life from electrical equipment and materials. Some of which are things you can avoid and others are things you should really keep in mind.

1. NEVER handle any electrical equipment with wet hands

Water is a very good conductor of electricity. A single touch of electricity by your wet hands can cause your body to convulse from the shock. Before plugging unto sockets, simply wipe your hands clean off any liquid present and make sure it’s completely dry. This very simple task can save you from tons of possible disasters.

2. Be careful in plugging and unplugging plugs and switches

Some plugs and switches aren’t as well-protected as others. A little overload with plugged appliances can sometimes cause explosions and short-circuits. You never know, the next hair dryer you plug can cause too much channelling of electricity which your extensions cords or outlets can’t handle. Explosions are bound to happen.

3. Always use safety equipment when repairing anything that involves electricity

When you own a good pair of insulator gloves, it goes a long way. Avoiding impending accidents is always better than being cured in the hospital. Always wear a pair whenever you do your inspection around your homes. Insulator gloves don’t cause that much; going to the Emergency Room will cause you more. “Prevention is better than cure”, as they say.

4. Use only endorsed, tested, and protected electrical equipment

Your tools, appliances, machinery, equipment, and even your devices must be approved by standard agencies like the Electrical Regulatory Authorities Council. When you consider buying uninspected and untested electrical equipment that is sold for a cheap bargain price, it might send your homes and things into flames. Always take note of the quality of the electrical equipment you buy before using it.

5. Always monitor the temperature of electrical appliances

When electrical appliances get too hot, a lot can happen. Maybe your wirings cant handle insulate the heat because it’s old. Maybe your electrical appliances need a more capacitated source of energy. This is a tell-tale sign or indicator that you should switch off your appliances, have it checked, and if needed, it should be replaced.

You never know, the reason for the next emergency in your apartment complex might be the old unchecked sockets from decades ago.

6. Avoid sources of spillage near electrical appliances

Since liquids are usually good conductors of electricity, water sources can be major causes for accidents. Always avoid having any form of liquid near outlets, switches, wirings, or appliances. If by the unfortunate chance, you come into contact, electric shock can seriously harm you.

7. Guard the wirings, sources, and sockets of your appliances

The wires in your equipment are there for a reason, they’re there to protect and contain the electricity that is being channelled to your gadgets. As a result, you also need to protect them. Always protect electrical wires in your appliances. Make sure your wirings are extra thick to handle the heat. Make sure your plugs are properly plugged and well covered. The devices your plugging shouldn’t be more than the capacity the wiring and electric device can handle.

8. Follow warning signs of electrical machinery

Your standard procedure whenever you buy electrical equipment should always be to follow the hazard signs. They tell you about the kind of damage that can happen. Take the time to learn about the instruction manual of your devices before plugging them in. It doesn’t only save you, it saves your equipment too.

9. Constantly inspect your wirings, sockets, appliances and electrical devices

Constantly check your equipment at home. Sometimes the tiniest shortcomings in safety can result in damage and loss of property in the fire. Always check your electrical equipment before going out. This simple step doesn’t cost anything, but missing it might cost you your lives and things.

10. Contact expert electricians to handle any mishaps relating to electricity

In the case of electrical impairments, always contact your local experts in handling your concerns. Fixing and attempting to do things by yourself might end up in more damage and danger. Your local electricians who have more experience. They will know more about what to do. They are trained to handle possible peril and risks from your devices.

Gordon Powers has been around to serve your electrical needs. Our team of expert electrical technicians can cater to you and your electrical enquiries.

Don’t be sorry, be safe! Call (02) 9199 7480 for an appointment or send an enquiry at hello@gordonpowers.com.au