The Most Common Electrical Hazards You Should Know About
In a previous post, we mentioned the common electrical problems that occur in Indian homes. Taking the initiative, a step further, today, we are listing a series of common electrical hazards that you should know about. By learning about what electrical hazards to look for, you remove these risks from your home and office.
Outdated or Poor Wiring
According to most electrical experts, faulty wiring is the leading cause for electrical hazards. By getting your home or office’s wiring checked by a certified electrician and getting the wire and switch and socket faults fixed, you can protect both life and property. Call an electrician immediately if your home or office has flickering or dim lights or have outlets that feel warm on touch. Get the wires replaced and buy high-quality switches and sockets that are made of fire-retardant materials and offer better protection from electrical sparks.
Leaving an Appliance Plugged Near Water Sources
While it may seem a foolish thing to do in the first place, it is a very common electrical hazard. People in hurry often fail to check for this basic rule of plugging in electrical appliances. If you have accidentally plugged an appliance near a water source and the connection is wet, do not try to unplug it. Switch off the power from the Main Switchbox before removing the plugged appliance and cleaning up the switch and socket. Also, installing high-quality Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) will help in cutting the power automatically, the moment a person or pet receives a shock. Honeywell’s Sentry Residual Current Circuit Breakers (RCCB) are among the best automatic circuit disconnecting devices in the market today.
Wrong Wattage of Light Bulbs and Overloaded Power Strips
Installing a high-wattage light bulb in an unsupported socket may lead to accidental fire hazard as the high-power draw heats up the wiring and the socket and board. So, make sure that all your light bulbs are of supported energy signature. The same is true for extension cords and in-socket extensions. Avoid plugging in a plethora of adapters on connected power strips in your workplace and home. It’s also a good idea to use power strips that have in-built circuit breakers to minimize electrical hazards.
Un-Shuttered Electrical Sockets
These are more of a child safety hazard. Young children can put a finger or object in an unprotected electrical socket and get hurt. However, nowadays, you can simply avoid such hazards by getting electrical wall sockets with highly-resistant shutters for your home and office.
Using Unsafe Electrical Appliances
Sometimes people continue using an appliance that has an electrical fault, such as a toaster that smokes or a dryer that constantly trips the MCB. Well, using these appliances without getting them fixed is a highly dangerous practice and should be avoided at all times.
So, this concludes our list of electrical hazards that may occur in home or office due to personal fault or malfunctioning electricals. The advice as enumerated several times in the article itself is that you get the fault fixed from a professional and to use high-quality electrical switches, sockets and components, always.