Pretty much every home these days uses electricity, and although it may be a wonderful convenience, it’s not without risk. Here are a few top tips for ensuring electrical safety in your home.
Regularly Check Plugs and Wiring
A major cause of electrical fires in the home is faulty or damaged wiring or plugs. Make it a part of your regular home maintenance routine to check the condition of your sockets, plugs, and cables.
If you discover any frayed or worn wiring, disconnect the appliance from the mains and don’t use it. Similarly, if a plug is loose or has burn marks on it, unplug it from the mains. Any signs of scorching to plug sockets or buzzing sounds (arcing) could indicate that the electricity connection is unsafe. In all these cases, you should call a firm of qualified electrical contractors in Liverpool to inspect and repair the faulty connection for you.
Avoid Unnecessary Risks
You can increase your risk of injury or electric shock by falling into bad habits:
• Never dry clothes over an electric heater; this could cause overheating.
• Do not try to repair electrical appliances that are still connected to the mains.
• Never store flammable items, such as lighter fuel, near a source of electricity.
• Never use electrical items in your bathroom.
Avoiding common malpractices like these could prevent a serious accident.
Know Your Wiring
It’s important that you know the age of all your household electrical kit. For example, if your wiring pre-dates 1960, it’s sensible to get your property rewired. You should also know where your fuse box or electricity meters are; essential in the event of a power cut or trip-out.
Seek Expert Advice
Carrying out electrical work and repairs to domestic items is a specialist job that should only be tackled by a qualified expert. Don’t be tempted to fiddle with your home’s electrics – you could end up seriously injured or start a fire. Always seek expert advice if you are unhappy or unsure about any of the electrics in your home.
For expert help and advice on all matters electrical, have a chat with the helpful team at B&D Electrical, Liverpool.