Huge numbers of electrical fires and other damage are reported every year around the world, all of which could be prevented if people followed basic tips for electrical safety. Electrical fires are responsible for much more damage overall than non-electrical fires, because of the more devastating effect, and because it is much more difficult to stop the fire once it has started. Fortunately, the steps involved in preventing electrical hazards are quite simple.
If you are living in an older home, try and get some qualified electricians out to inspect the wiring. Wiring doesn’t last forever, and it certainly isn’t supposed to last as long as a house is. If the wiring hasn’t been replaced, it is likely that it will be very old and dangerous. The best course of action would be to get it replaced following the electrician’s advice.
Use Only Qualified Electricians
If you make sure that you use qualified electricians for all your work, you will greatly reduce your chance of fire and other electrical hazards. People from places like Mr Sparky are qualified to know what to do whenever you need electrical work done, and using them will make it much less likely that your work will result in electrical damage at any point.
Electrical plug and Electrical Cord Damage
One major cause of fire hazards is bad wiring. Bad wiring can lead to appliances that don’t work, wiring that goes where it shouldn’t, and other such hazards. Faulty wiring can overheat, and start fires.
Overburdened Electrical Outlet
Electrical outlets which have too much to do at the one time can overheat, and otherwise cause problems.This can happen, particularly to adaptors, which are being used with too many plugs. More modern adaptors are now made with internal overload protection to prevent this problem – the adaptors switch off once they reach a certain point, rather than overloading
Keep flammable materials away
Everyone who has a space heater has at least one story where they nearly set themselves on fire. The rule is never to allow a heat source to be too close to a flammable material of any kind. If a heat source is smothered by a flammable material, it can easily overheat, which can cause a fire.
Don’t do your own Work
Don’t do your own electrical work – unless it is something simple like changing a cord or a light switch, call in a qualified electrician. Not only does an electrician know what they are doing, but they also know the safety procedures which are involved in working on it.
Never Modify Electrical Plugs.
Don’t ever change the original look of a plug. It doesn’t matter if it doesn’t fit into the socket – don’t change it in any way. Similarly don‘t remove the grounding pin from your plug, as these things only make it more likely that you will be badly shocked or electrocuted, or that you will start a fire.