We all use electricity so much in our daily lives that it has become something we take for granted, but while electricity may be such a useful tool, it is worth keeping an eye on your electrical fixtures and fittings for any signs of potential dangers.
Most people will admit that they rarely check the condition of their plugs, cables, or sockets and will normally leave it to their electricians whenever they visit. To follow safety guidelines, it is recommended that all equipment be used correctly according to the manufacturer’s directions and any damaged items be repaired or replaced with new ones. You can look out for a few things to ensure your family stays safe from electrical fires or electrocution.
Always check plugs and sockets for any sounds such as buzzing or crackling; you should look out for burn marks as well. Other things you can do include checking electrical appliances such as electric shavers, radios, or hairdryers that are being used near damp or wet environments or structures such as baths, showers, and swimming pools.
Check your home for any switches with too many appliances plugged into them and replace any damaged cables immediately. You can also protect yourself by making sure that you only use plugs with a standard safety mark.
The best thing you can do to help keep you and your family safe is to know where your home’s safety switch is located. If you cannot find it, ask your electrician to show you the next time he pays you a visit.
In case of an emergency, or if there happens to be faulty or damaged wiring in your home, you can use the safety switch to cut off the power to prevent anyone from being electrocuted. Remember that any repairs that may need to be done will require a qualified electrician. Always use one you know and trust.