Happy National Electrical Safety Month!

by Helen Oster

Jan 20, 2023 2 minute read

Happy National Electrical Safety Month!

Did you know 💡 your brain generates enough electricity to power a low-wattage light bulb? 💡

Most of us know how to change a light bulb, but what do you do when faced with more complex electrical tasks around the home and office? May is National electrical safety month, so it’s a good time to review the safety of electrical appliances and infrastructure in your home and office, and to take precautions to avoid potential electrical hazards. If ignored, such hazards could lead to fires, fatalities, injuries, and damage to property.

10 most common electrical problems around the home
⚡ Light switches not working properly
Circuit breaker tripping frequently
Lights too bright, too dim, or flickering
Electric shocks
High electricity bills
Light bulbs burning out more frequently than usual
Insufficient power sockets
Recessed lighting cutting out 
Hot electrical plugs or sockets
Frequent electrical surges and dips in power

10 frequent causes of electrical problems
🔎 Faulty appliances or frayed electric cords
🔎 Faults in the power outlet, circuits, light switches or the electrical wiring 
🔎 Appliances made with poor quality materials
🔎 Excessive electrical usage on a single circuit, while using several high watt devices
🔎 Damage caused by animals
🔎 Circuit overloaded with ‘daisy chains’ of extension cords, which are being used as permanent household ‘wiring’
🔎 Incorrect use or placement of an appliance, eg near to water
🔎 Water ingress
🔎 Incorrectly grounded electrical systems
🔎 Cold weather

10 steps YOU can take to reduce potential electrical problems at home or workplace
✔ Check for possible leaks in your hot water system
Use bulbs with identical wattage
Unplug any devices which are not in use, e.g. your phone chargers
Spread your electrical needs around the home/office, instead of overloading a single socket
identify which electrical appliances may be causing power surges
Check for, and repair, damaged wiring
Secure loose electrical outlets
Use outlet covers or caps to protect children from putting anything other than an electrical plug in an outlet
Switch to a more cost-effective power supplier
Familiarize yourself with the correct way to use each appliance
Arrange an electrical ‘health check’ from a qualified Fixlers.com electrician

Other tips
An electrical voltage detector is a useful item to keep in your toolbox.
No home should be without 2 or 3 flashlights or lanterns, and they should be stored in easily accessible places. Make sure everyone in the family knows where they are too, and check the batteries at least once every 6 months.
Keep a fire blanket and a fire extinguisher in case of emergency.

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