8 DANGEROUS ELECTRICAL HAZARDS YOU NEED TO KNOW

As today’s world is completely dependent on electricity and there is a high amount of risk for the people at home, office, and factory. These potential risks can be eliminated by taking the help of an electrician. Here are 8 electrical hazards that can arise:

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1. POOR WIRING AND DEFECTIVE ELECTRIC WIRES

For safety purpose, standard good quality wiring is mandatory. You need to face serious consequences of power surges, arc faults if the wiring is not of standard quality. As prevention is better than cure, you can contact an electrician instead of doing it yourself. There is a high possibility of electrical accidents because of damaged, worn, broken or corroded electric cables can.

So always go for the electrician to be safe and secure.

Here are few risks to avoid:

Inadequate wiring

Worn out appliance or expansion cords

Pierced wire insulation

Cable insulation which is torn because of bending, aging etc.

2. OUTLETS CLOSE TO WATER

All the outlets should be away from the water source in bathrooms, living areas and

kitchen because water is a good conductor of electricity. Avoid using radio, phone and other electrical devices in the bath.

3. AVOID TOUCHING ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES WITH WET HANDS

As discussed earlier water is a good conductor of electricity, please do not touch the electrical appliances with wet hands to avoid any electrical accidents. There are people who just touch the switch with wet hands while switching it off.

4. AVOID POURING WATER ON ELECTRICAL FIRES

During electrical accidents such as fire please do not pour water as it will cause electrocution. It is always safe to use a fire extinguisher in terms of emergency and if not turn off the main power, and call fire brigade

5. TAKE CARE OF YOUNG CHILDREN

As young, toddlers are always wanting to explore their new world therefore it is always good to supervise them for their safety. If there are electrical sockets at reachable heights then replace them with extra safe points.

6. EXTENSION CORDS

For reducing the chance of tripping just keep the extension cords carefully fixed in place. It is always good to use plastic sockets on unused sockets. Don’t use extension cords for many appliances together.

7. LIGHTBULBS

There are potential dangers in using light bulbs too especially when they are placed near some flammable materials like curtains, plastic, beds etc. It is always good to use proper electric wattage of bulb to avoid over heating.

8. COVERED ELECTRICAL CORDS AND WIRES

Electrical fire accident is possible because of heavy covering of wires so make sure other electronic devices like computers have proper ventilation area.

Contact a licensed electrician to help if there are any such electrical hazards found in your house or office area. You can view this blog for safety purpose of electrical appliances.

  1. Never insert anything into an appliance while it is connected or in use.
  2. Always use outdoor grade extension cords outside of the home.
  3. Before touching switches or electrical appliances make sure your hand is dry.
  4. Before cleaning areas like the kitchen, bathing room or washing laundry, it is always good to be sure such the electrical devices are turned off.

Electrical Engineering Training is conducted in many institutes, just join one of them and become a certified electrical designer in this field.

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