Making use of electricity within the home has become what some would call “second nature”. However, the problem with something becoming second nature is that it is often done with a lack of focus. With that being said, it is absolutely imperative to regularly inspect the home to ensure that electricity is being used as safely as possible. Here are some tips:

Safety inspections

If any appliance needs repair, seek professional assistance immediately before an accident occurs. Household appliances should be inspected on a regular basis in order to ensure the safety of you and your family.

Plugs and sockets

  • Do not overload sockets because the circuit breaker could trip or the fuse could blow. In serious cases, it could lead to a fire outbreak.
  • Always look for the SABS stamp of approval.
  • Never put bare wires into sockets.
  • For the safety of babies and small children, make sure your wall sockets are covered with safety caps.

Cords

  • Never pull plugs out by the cord.
  • Cords should be kept far away form any hot surfaces.
  • Do not connect cords with tape- this is a common mistake made by many people.
  • Always look for the SABS stamp of approval.
  • Ensure that all cords are tucked away, neat and tidy.
  • Unwind cords before use, as they can overheat if this is not done.

General safety

  • Do not run extension cords under rugs or carpets.
  • Keep heaters and fans well away from curtains and other furniture.
  • Unplug appliances when not in use.
  • Do not change a light bulb unless the current is switched off.
  • Never touch appliances with wet hands.

Electricity is undoubtedly one of the most powerful things known to humankind. However, as previously mentioned, with “second nature” comes a lack of focus, which is why the above pointers are incredibly important for the overall electrical safety of your home.