According to information from the Electrical Safety Foundation International, over 30,000 mon-fatal shock accidents occur each year. Believe it or not, electrical shock is actually easy to prevent if you know what to avoid and what to look for. With a bit of safety training and basic knowledge, you can find and prevent possible electric shock.
Install Plug Covers on Your Outlets
Plug covers for your outlets are a great initial step for ensuring overall electrical safety – especially if you have children in your home. There are some newer GFCI outlets that actually have features built in that blocks the open plugs from being tampered with when they aren’t in use. The outlet will only open if there is a plug inserted into all of the openings at the same time. This is a feature that’s going to help and prevent any electrical dangers if children tamper with the outlet.
Make Sure to Always Check the Socket for its Voltage
When you are replacing light bulbs in your home, it is crucial that you keep track of the wattage and voltage. Light bulbs may short out if they are put into a socket over its actual capacity. You can prevent a bulb from breaking and creating a short circuit if you always keep track of the light fixture ratings and voltages. In most cases, you can typically see the maximum wattage printed around the socket for the light bulb. It’s best to use a light bulb with lesser or equal wattage so you don’t wind up overloading the lamp wiring.
Replace Any Damaged Fixtures
If you have an electrical fixture that sparks, that gives out a small shock, has frayed wires or that short circuits regularly, then it isn’t safe for you to use. If these issues are present, the best thing you can do is to have the outlet repaired or completely replaced.
As time passes, outlets may become worn out and need to be replaced to ensure the electrical connections stay stable. If there’s a switch plate cover or outlet cover that’s broken, it’s also necessary to replace it in a timely manner. This type of cover plate will to prevent tampering of the wiring and electrical connections.
Power Cord and Extension Cord Safety
If you are using extension cords in your home, be sure they remain out of the way and that they don’t pose a tripping hazard. If you are storing a cord, don’t allow them to get into knots or twisted. Also, be sure to put them away somewhere children can’t find our access them. There are many stores that sell organizers to help make this easier for you.
If you want to ensure that people in your home (especially your children) aren’t exposed to a shock risk, then it’s a good idea to use the tips here. You can also consult with a professional who can further help with this.