Electricity is dangerous, everyone knows it but it is a fact that is easily forgotten as we live with it and use it every day. Of course, in most cases, your house is wired safely and the risk is minimal. But, a number of people are hospitalized or even killed every year due to electric shocks.

That’s why you need to take the following 5 simple steps to protect your home and your family.

1.     Make Sure Your Inspection Is Done

Although it is not a legal requirement it is advisable to have your home and its electrical systems checked regularly by a qualified and reputable electrician Sydney.

They will visually inspect all the electrical wiring they can see and run a series of tests to ensure the current is moving around the house safely and there are no issues.

If they find anything they can advise you regarding how serious it is and the best way to deal with it.

2.     Be Aware Of Warning Signs

Your electrical system does issue warning sounds. Buzzing lights and sockets, an aroma of electrical burning, and even circuit breakers that regularly trip. They are all signs that you have an electrical hazards issue that needs to be looked at.

3.     Remember Water & Electricity Don’t Mix

Water is very good at conducting electricity. This is why there are strict guidelines regarding the position of sockets and water outlets. Remember, if electricity touches water it will move rapidly through the water and can electrocute anything touching the water.

In other words, don’t take a chance, make sure that water and electricity never get the chance to meet.

4.     Cover Your Outlets

There are plenty of different socket covers available online. In essence, they all work in the same way, you push them into the outlet when you’re not using it and then pull them out when you need to use it.

This is particularly important if you have children in your home, the socket cover stops the children from jamming fingers or other objects into the socket and then getting a nasty shock.

5.     Check Your Earth

It is likely that your electrician will check this when they inspect your home. But, there is no harm in monitoring your earth connection. In rural areas, you may need to install your own earth. It’s an important safety net as all electricity flows to the ground via the path of least resistance. That is usually through the earth although humans can make a nice conduit for the electricity.

By verifying the earth is working properly you can enjoy your home in peace, safe from worries about electrical hazards.

Of course, preventing issues doesn’t mean you can ignore the risk of a fire or other electrical problem. For this reason, you should ensure your fire safety protocols and escape plan are up to date and practiced regularly.

 

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