Where would we be without electricity? It plays such a large part in our lives that we probably take it for granted. However, electricity is not only crucial to our personal and working lives, it can also sometimes be dangerous. Sometimes it’s easy to forget, that when our appliances, light switches and fuses stop working, electricity can become dangerous.
We’re going to look at how safe your home is, and what you can do to make sure you recognise a potential accident before it happens. That way, you and your family can stay safe and keep your home a haven of security, rather than an accident waiting to happen.
Listen and watch what your appliances are telling you each time you switch them on. Any unusual noises, if a fuse blows, if you get a mild shock, then this is a sure sign that there’s something very wrong with your appliance.
Unplug it immediately and discontinue using it. If it’s a valuable item you still find use for, make sure it’s looked at by a professional electrician to carry out any necessary repairs. If it’s not repairable, then replace it with a new one. The extra expense may seem exorbitant but it could save someone’s life.
Water and Electricity Do Not Go Together
Electricity and water should never be mixed. Water and moisture are a recipe for disaster. If you have an appliance that’s accidentally been dropped into water, or had water splashed on it, then don’t try to plug it in. In fact don’t try to unplug it either.
Switch the electricity off at the fuse box and then remove the appliance from the socket. Wait until the appliance is dry before using it, and preferably get it checked by an electrician first.
Fuses and Circuit Breakers
When was the last time you had your fuses checked? You must make sure that fuses match the wattage rating of your appliance and that includes circuit breakers. Read packages carefully when you buy a new appliance and if you’re still unsure, call in an electrician and let him show you. The electrician could label the circuit breakers or fuse size needed on your panel box. Always keep a stock of fuses, so they are there when you need them.
Children and Electricity
Children are naturally curious by nature and if they start sticking their fingers in sockets, as they are prone to do, you could have a potential accident on your hands. Use outlet covers for sockets when they’re not in use and always keep them switched off. Use a plug in type or you can buy specially fitted child safety wall plates. They will come with built-in, removable covers that will snap back into place when the outlets are not in use.
Lights and Cords
Always make sure the light bulb is the correct wattage for your lamp, and check the lamp’s wattage specifications, what is the maximum you should use? The wattage should be the same or less than the stated wattage for the lamp.
Never nail down your cords or tack them, make sure they don’t get caught under furniture and check them regularly and that they are not overheating. Keep them out of the reach of children and don’t use exposed or broken cords, or leave them lying around where children might find them.
Expert Electricians in Glasgow
We have many years’ experience in the trade and what we don’t know about electricity and its dangers isn’t worth knowing. Our team of electricians in Glasgow are all qualified and appropriately trained, and most of our work is word of mouth and recommendations.
If you’re worried about the safety of your home and you’d like to talk to someone about it, then get in touch and we’ll do all we can to help.