The past few entries on the Parker & Sons blog have talked about common electrical problems in the home. The causes and possible solutions of things that short out, shut off, or go dead. To prevent yourself from getting shorted, shut off, or go dead-ed here are some basics of electrical safety to keep in mind as you work and live in your home.
Every home has several appliances that get used throughout the day. Ovens, lamps, clocks, washing machines and the like all have electricity running through them, and it would serve you well to remember. If an appliance is not in use and is able, unplug it and keep the cord safely stored. This will have the benefit of saving energy but also keeping hazardous situations from developing.
While in use, follow appliance instructions. Do not attempt to use a device for any purpose other than it’s designed one. Simple but often overlooked! To avoid harming yourself or damaging the item, don’t attempt amateur repairs. Whenever you pull one out to use quickly scan the cord from plug to appliance, looking for any damage to the cord. Frayed or exposed wires means it’s time for repair or replacing.
If the appliance is one that generates heat, make sure it has several inches of space round it for cooling and air circulation. Goes without saying, but don’t drape or hang anything flammable on/over warm appliances. Likewise keep combustible items away from appliances that specifically are made for heating (radiatiors, vents, space heaters,etc.).
Avoid water! Across the board, electricity and water do not mix. Don’t operate any electrical appliance while wet or standing in water. Keep devices away from tubs, sinks, pools, etc. The bathroom is one of those places where appliances and water frequently cross and while often the place for relaxing don’t slack on your safety precautions.
Safety precautions are important, and we have only scratched the surface, looking at just appliances. Next time we’ll tackle even more, from cords and outlets, to light bulbs and electrical fire safety. Next time on the Parker & Sons blog.