All electrical systems have the potential of causing serious burns and even fatality. The voltage of the available electrical current in a household has enough power to cause severe third-degree burns and even cause death by electrocution, which is why it’s essential to be aware and take necessary precautions to ensure complete electrical safety, especially if you have children at home.
Electrical fire safety for kids is essential. One method is to create burn awareness amongst them. If there are teenagers at home, the first method will help. For children who are too young, they are curious, playful and fast in their actions. They tend to play innocently and experiment with anything and everything. Hence, it is highly important to keep your home electrically a safe place. Here are some pointers you ought to know about electrical safety at home.
Read on to find how to make your home safe.
Electrical Safety at Home— Indoors:
- Never attempt to fix electrical panels unless you’re qualified for the job. Rely on a certified electrician to do so.
- It’s essential to use a fuse size that is right. Using one that is of a larger size can cause excessive currents, leading to fatal burns.
- Use extension cords that are on par to the amperage or wattage of the equipment you’re using.
- If you have halogen lamps, keep them away from combustibles like clothing or paintings. Halogen lamps tend to produce mass heat and may be a fire hazard. Also, make sure to handle with care as it can cause severe thermal burns.
- Check for damaged cords often and keep them away from sources of heat and water.
- Always pull out the plastic housing at the end of the plug instead of the cord.
- Abstain from using outlets that are broken or cords that have exposed the wiring.
- If your cord length is excessive, coil it up and keep it intact with a Velcro strap.
- Avoid removing a plug with wet hands. This not only produces electric shocks but can produce severe electric burns.
- Avoid placing cords anywhere that it could be stepped on or be exposed to water.
- Clean lint from your laundry dryer to avoid a potential fire hazard.
- Keep metal objects out of electrical appliances like toasters.
- If you notice a gas leak, don’t touch any electrical switches. Follow the fire evacuation plan, leave home immediately and call your 24-hour Emergency Line.
Electrical Safety at Home— Outdoors:
- Never replace the fuse with another metal object, e.g. coin.
- Label your fuse boxes and circuit breakers to easily identify which outlet it belongs to.
- Remember to wear closed-toe shoes when operating an electrical appliance like hedge clippers.
- Do not dig into your backyard without ensuring that it is safe. Digging right into ground wiring can be fatal.
- When outdoors, stick to using a three-pronged extension cord for safety.
- In a case of a thunderstorm, go inside immediately. If you’re caught, squat really low allowing only your shoes to touch the ground. A thunder can cause lightning burns that are fatal.
- Never use electrical appliances outdoors in the rain or by the pool.
- Don’t touch or climb electrical substations, transformers, and electric poles.
- Beware of using an extended ladder near power lines. Use ladders that have non-conductive side rails.
- Ensure that your power tools are certified by an accredited association.
- Use GFCI on all outlets located on the outdoors of your home.
- Get your yard inspected before pruning or removing a tree that’s near a transformer.
Installing a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) is the most common practice that ensures electrical safety in all homes and workplaces.
What is a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter?
A GFCI is optimal in detecting any loss of electrical current in a circuit. When loss is detected, the GFCI shuts the electricity before electrocution can occur. While the GFCI is a protective measure and necessary in all outlets of your home, it is NOT a replacement for safety as one may still experience a non-fatal shock that could lead to first or second-degree burns.
Locations at Home that need GFCI Protection
- Kitchen counter
- Swimming Pool
- Work Area
Although some of these pointers seem rudimentary, they are of vital importance in avoiding electrical burns and any hazards. One last note is to consider training your kids for cases of possible hazards at home so they are prepared in the most basic way in handling a potential crisis.