Electricity, where would we be without it? Helping us to keep our homes running, it’s something we’re always aware of, especially when the costs are constantly fluctuating.
But whether its sockets, appliances form the likes of RS Components or wall fittings, do you know how to ensure you’re always safe? If not, we’ve given you a little breakdown below on electric safety in the home.
This is a room where you probably use a lot of electricity, or at least a lot of different appliances. Because of this, there are a lot of safety tips to implement when it comes to electricity in the kitchen. These include:
- Don’t use wet hands to touch equipment or switches
- Never wrap wires around items that are still warm, such as a toastie makers or slow cookers
- Make sure the oven and grill are cleaned regularly, as this can help reduce the risk of a fire, but also improve efficiency
- Keep the tops of appliances clear in order to aid ventilation. For example, never cover the top of a microwave
- If items get stuck in the toaster, which can happen, use a wooden item to retrieve it, but ensure the electric is turned off first
- Cleaning equipment should be stored away from items that operate on electricity such as washing machines
Now, the bathroom is somewhere that electricity just shouldn’t be, after all, water and electric are a deadly combination. Therefore you should avoid using any electrical items in here. Here are a few tips:
- Don’t dry or straighten hair in the bathroom. Keep items in the bedroom as steam from the bathroom can damage items even when not in use
- If you need music, opt for a battery-powered Bluetooth speaker and stream from a device in another room
- Never have switches or large lights in the bathroom. Instead, have the light fitted outside or have a ceiling-mounted pull cord, and spotlights
You may not think of it instantly, but you use electricity outside, just as you would inside. Although there aren’t plug sockets, you’ll still need electric for cutting the grass or bushes. Here are a few tips:
- Never use electric appliances when it’s damp outside
- If you use extension cords, ensure the wires are never in front of you. This is particularly important when mowing the lawn
- If you have a pond, ensure you keep the pump well-maintained according to the manufacturer to prevent it from electrifying the water
Most importantly, no matter what room it is, make sure you have fire alarms fitted and have them tested regularly. Fires can be unpredictable and no matter how many steps you take, they could happen, so it’s better to be 100% safe at all times.