Electricity is an integral part of our lives, which many of us today could not imagine living without.
Powering our appliances and providing our lighting, heating and cooling, electricity is so entrenched in our daily lives that it’s easy to forget that if used incorrectly, it has the potential to injure or kill. This page provides a range of electrical safety tips for both inside and outside the home and looks at ways you can make your home or office a safer place around electricity.
Our homes depend on electricity to provide us with light, food, heating, cooling and entertainment. Many electrical accidents occur in the home and the following are the main areas of concern.
We love our appliances and our homes are filled with them, from toasters and heaters to televisions and microwaves, but there are certain precautions relating to appliances that need to be observed to avoid the risk of electrocution.
Cords are how we connect our appliances to the power supply and these too need to be treated with care. Safety tips for electrical cords include the following:
Power boards and adapters
We use so many appliances in our daily lives that a single power outlet is often not enough, but caution should be used when employing double adaptors or power boards.
Lights may seem benign, but they are also capable of causing electrocution. The following tips should be observed when handling lights of any kind:
Water and electricity do not mix and special precautions should be observed in wet areas. These include the following:
Electricity can be a threat outside the home as well as indoors and care should be taken here as well. The main areas of concern include:
Overhead power lines carry immense voltages, so particular care needs to be taken around them. Safety tips around power lines include the following:
An even greater threat than overhead power lines are wires that you can’t see at all. The following tips should be observed in these circumstances:
As with most dangers, the best form of protection is prevention and you can drastically reduce the risk of electrical accidents by observing these few simple rules:
While electricity does have the potential to kill, there is no reason why we can’t live safely around it. As long as we exercise common sense and teach our kids to do the same, electricity can continue to be a powerful ally in every aspect of our lives.