4 Ways to Avoid Electrical Damage to Your Home
When we buy a home, one of the important feeling we need to derive out of it is the feeling of safety and security. The feeling of safety and security for the ones living in the house, and the feeling of safety and security for the house itself. And while we try to maintain our homes to the best of our capabilities, sometimes accidents can happen.
The most frequent, and one of the most dangerous, of these accidents is the fire hazard caused due to an electrical source. Thankfully, ensuring that you do not suffer from an electrical incident is not that hard to achieve. All you need is the very basic understanding of how the electrical system works, and the knowledge of some very simple precautionary measures you need to take to ensure your home’s safety.
Below, we list some of the things you can do to keep your home safe. Notice that most of these simply include being careful around electrical equipment, and using common sense when dealing with them.
1. Let only the licensed people tinker with the wiring
Unless you can confidently talk about your skills as an electrician, you should always let the licensed professionals do what they do best. Whether it is about laying the lines in your new house, or upgrading the electrical wiring of your house, always choose to go with a licensed electrician to carry out all the work.
Not only will they take care of all the safety protocols while doing their work, they will also ensure that the work is done in a way that will keep your home safe from short circuits and other issues for years to come. Also, the licensed professionals will have the right tools to carry out the right jobs, unlike the tools you may have put together in your toolbox.
2. Always check the extension cords
Extension cords often get neglected once all the plugs have been plugged into them. Remember to keep checking your extension cords in a timely manner. Ensure that the wires are showing no signs of degradation. Also, ensure that all the plugs are securely plugged in and nothing is hanging out loose. Make sure that the extension cord wire is in good health and that you can see no cracks or breaks in the extension wire. For extra protection, you should wrap your extension cords around heat resistant materials so that they won’t burn as easily.
3. Check before you drill
If you are undertaking a project that requires you to drill in your walls or cutting through walls, flooring and ceiling in any manner, make sure you first find out where the wires are running from behind these walls. Then, you need to mark these areas and ensure you stay away from them when you have your tools in your hand. If you still have to do some work in these areas, try taking the help of a professional to help you around the wiring in your home so you can avoid all possible accidents.
4. Never tweak the power plugs
A lot of DIY videos online suggest doing tiny changes to the power plugs. These changes could include colouring the plugs, removing the plugs and changing some of their parts, or replacing them with other devices. Please keep in mind that you should only tweak your power plugs when it is really important or if you are making upgrades. Tinkering with the power plug to make cosmetic changes can result in accidents that can cause you a lot of money, time and even put your safety in doubt. Not to forget that the expensive gadgets that you plug into these plugs will also be at risk of permanent damage.
Above are the 4 simplest things that you can do to keep your home safe. A simple rule to remember is to not do anything to the wiring situation of your home unless you are a professional or if you know exactly what you are doing.