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Essential Electrical Safety Tips Every Homeowner Should Know

When it comes to electricity, one can never be too careful. The risks associated with electrical accidents are far too critical to be ignored. A lot of London emergency electricians have testified that a large number of electrical fire incidents in homes came up as a result of failed basic electrical safety practices. It is the primary responsibility of you as a homeowner to keep your home and its occupants safe. Adhering to the laid out safety rules is a way of ensuring safety in your home. 

There are several safety rules that have been put in place by the electrical safety bodies to ensure that risks are minimised, and safety is maximised in a building. In this write-up, we have discussed some essential electrical safety tips that will increase your safety rate in your building. They include;

  1. Ensure that power is always off before working:

First, if you are going to embark on any electrical repairs and service in the home, then you must be sure that you have the right certification to proceed. In some countries, it is against the rules to perform some electrical services without the right certification that legalises you to practice. That said, before beginning any electrical service; ensure that the power supply is cut off. Turn off the power supply from the mains switch. The only way one can be certain that minimal or no accidents can occur during an electrical service is if there are no live circuits in the circuit breaker. Never underestimate this little step, irrespective of the type of service you are offering. 

  1. Do not overload a single outlet

Each electrical outlet has a maximum amount of energy it can dissipate. While it might be tempting to plug in numerous sockets and switches to a particular place for proximity and comfort’s sake, it can be hazardous. When you exceed the apportioned wattage that an outlet can hold, it begins to overheat, and it can further lead to blown fuses, sparks and fire outbreak. If your appliances are more than the outlets you have, you can contact an electrician to install additional outlets to be on the safe side.

  1. Do not use extension cords for a long time

Extension cords are very efficient and can always come in handy at all times. However, these appliances are not designed to be used for an extensive period. Make temporal use of them and then unplug after use. This will increase the durability of the cords and provide safety for the user. Do not forget to change extension cords the moment you start noticing strange actions like fraying, burning smells and brown marks on the cords.

  1. In the presence of children, use appropriate receptacles

Children can be extremely inquisitive, sometimes leading to their danger. If you have a house with children in it, you must ensure that the outlets, appliances and sockets are positioned for safety. Tamper-resistant receptacles are recommended for this kind of houses, as they can easily protect children from electric shocks. Do not take the risk of leaving your electrical outlets exposed to the eyes of curious kids. This little step, which happens to be very affordable, can be the preventive measure you need. 

  1. Install Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters 

These equipment are little but extremely effective. By automatically shutting off the power supply to the circuit the moment a short circuit is detected, they can prevent electric shocks and other possible accidents from occurring. In some places, the installation of GFCI’s in buildings, (especially rooms with a lot of water activity going on) have been made compulsory and stated in electrical safety rules. The bathroom, kitchen and laundry room are examples of rooms that have frequent contact with water. Ensure that you contact an electrician to install a GFCI in your building. 

  1. Do not ignore overheating outlets

If you observe that a particular outlet in your building is always warm, then that is a bad sign. Warm outlets usually mean that there is a wrong connection somewhere within the circuit, and if this is not rectified as fast as possible, it can lead to bigger problems. The moment you notice a warm outlet, contact a licensed electrician.

  1. Install AFCIs (Arc-Fault Circuit Interrupters)

The thing is with electricity, you just cannot tell. There are times when an accidental electric discharge can occur at the point of loose connections and damaged cords. This discharge can be very risky as it can lead to electrocution. With the presence of AFCIs in the building, the accidental charges can be curbed immediately, preventing further damages.

  1. Use an experienced electrician

A licensed electrician has undergone several tests and helped with a number of electrical problems. The experience alone that is gained from these activities puts a licensed electrician at an advantage. Whenever you notice electrical issues, instead of going for cheaper, non-licensed electricians, or trying to put what you read into practice, contact a professional. Never take risks with electrical systems.

Whenever you need a 24-hour electrician in London that you can trust to deliver professionally, do not hesitate to contact Electric Works London. Our electricians are well versed in the skills, knowledge, expertise and experience required to proffer quick solutions to your electrical problems. Contact us today when and we will deliver efficiently. The number to call is 020 7183 4006. You can rest assured that you are dealing with professionals.