Tips for Electrical Hazard Prevention and Control

Posted at 10:57h in Health and Safety by Omer Atuf

It is very important and advisable to be aware of the ways of Preventing and Controlling Electricals Hazard. Each and every person has a right to be safe from electrical hazards.

Here are some Tips for Electricals Hazard Prevention and Control;

  1. Make a point of hiring licensed electricians;

When it comes to installation and repairing or electrical appliances, always ensure that you only hire electricians who are licensed. To begin with, they will ensure that all the installations and repairs are done according to electrical standards. In addition to that, your safety will be ensured since these technicians will make sure that there are no latter accidents that could result if less qualified electricians could handle the installations and repairs. During installation and repairs, remember to make sure that the technician has unplugged or disconnected the electrical appliances.

  1. Keep all Extension Leads in Check;

You should always ensure that all extension leads with live electricity are kept in a safe place where they are not constantly stepped on by people or driven over by vehicles. This will prevent them from wearing off, thus avoiding electrical hazards. These extension leads should also be heavily insulated in order to aid in the prevention of electrocutions and reduce the possibilities of fire. It is also recommended to subject the leads and electrical equipment to an inspection so as to whether there are any defects that need to be attended to. Lastly, ensure that all leads are visible, avoid covering them with carpets or mats since this could potentially result in short-circuiting if they are stepped on or destroyed.

  1. Keep all of your Electrical Items Dry and Away from Water;

This is the basic and most common rule when it comes to the prevention and controlling of electrical hazards. It is common knowledge that Water and Electricity should keep off each other. All power cables and electrical appliances should be kept away from water outlets and should be placed above water level. It is also recommended that you avoid the use of electrical appliances in damp or wet surfaces. Lastly, make a point of drying your hands before handling any electrical equipment.

  1. Set a schedule of an overall inspection of electrical appliances and their connections;

All electrical appliances are prone to get damaged or age with time due to the frequency at which they are used. It is therefore important that you regularly check them for defects and ensure that they are repaired or replaced before they result in an electrical hazard. During these inspections, you should ensure that all connections are well connected to avoid instances where you can be electrocuted by poor connections. This also helps prevent fires that could result from sparks mainly caused by poor connections of electrical wires.

  1. Avoid the Modification of Electrical Plugs;

Sometimes you might think of modifying your electrical plugs because they don’t fit into your sockets. This sounds like a good effective idea but it is, in fact, a really bad idea that could result in an electrical hazard. Modifying your electrical plug is a danger to you as it increases the likelihood of fire and electrocution.

  1. Pay Attention to your Electric extension leads;

Extension leads are essential to people who have many electrical appliances but have a limited number of sockets. To begin with, avoid overloading these leads could result in overheating which could cause a fire. In addition to that, evade plugging extension leads into other extension leads. Lastly, you should stop using them the moment they begin overheating or when they begin to make unusual sounds or spark.