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Electrical Safety Tips for Around the House

About two weeks ago, when we were on the way to Max's Restaurant to have dinner and celebrate Kristel's birthday, we saw a building on fire. There were many firetrucks around the area and people were flocking on the street causing a traffic build-up.

That fire incident was on the news the following day. The building was a furniture and gadget
warehouse, and millions of pesos were lost because of the fire.

We need to be careful with the electrical appliances and wirings in our homes. Many fires are caused by faulty wiring and overheating appliances. Recently, I've been hearing many cases of fire on the news. It's just timely to share this article on electrical safety at home.

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You might not be a professional electrician. But that doesn't mean that you're not dealing with electricity just the same on a daily basis. In addition to lighting the interiors and exteriors of our homes, electricity powers everything from appliances to computers. And given the advent of the digital revolution, our dependence on electricity is only growing.

While many homeowners may complain about the amount of their electrical bills, this shouldn't be their only concern. Studies indicate that electricity is the fourth leading cause of house fires in the United States. More than 400 deaths and 1,400 fire related injuries are reported annually, often as a result of electricity misuse. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that up to 50 percent of these fires could have been prevented if only homeowners took proper precautions.

Check the safety tips below so you don't fall victim to accidents and fire caused by electrical problems.

1. Your Tripped Breaker Means That Something Isn't Right

Too many homeowners assume that the only action needed when a breaker in a panel trips is to reset it. While occasionally this could be all that is warranted, it's important to remember that circuit breaker trips occur as a warning that there's a problem with an electrical system. A thorough home inspection should be conducted every time a tripped breaker is found.

2. Know How to Put Out a Small Electrical Fire

Never pour water on an electrical fire. Water conducts electricity, which means that it will help fires spread. Instead, use a chemical spraying extinguisher. Remember to keep the extinguisher fully charged at all times, and store it in an easy to reach location. And once the fire begins to grow, all occupants should leave the building and contact help from a safe distance.

3. Beware of Warm Outlet Covers

Warm is generally fine. However, an outlet cover that's painfully hot to the touch is an outlet that you shouldn't be using. Unplug all items from the outlet and contact an electrician for evaluation and servicing.

4. Fix Suddenly Magical Lighting

Do lights flicker momentarily when turned on? Do they mysteriously turn themselves on and off when not on a timer? Do these "light shows" cause circuit breakers to trip? Bad wiring, wiring connectors, or the lighting fixture itself could be the culprit. All three should be inspected and replaced as needed.

5. Replace Bandaged Electrical Cords

Do you have an electrical cord with exposed wiring? Don't just slap a little electrical tape on it and call it good to go. Electrical cords with visible wiring or bent prongs and extension cords with loose ends are cords that need to be replaced.

Homeowners can further safety proof homes by capping all unused electrical outlets and removing cords from the path of foot traffic. Children should never be allowed to play with or near a live electrical current or operate circuit breakers without adult supervision. And all household members should be taught how to recognize and respond to electrical emergencies. With the proper care, households can get the most out of electricity both in efficiency and safety.

Ryan Bridges is a contributing writer and media specialist for the Mr. Electric. He regularly creates content for different electric and home improvement blogs, based around the transitional challenges which comes with managing safety and improvements around the home.


Gil Camporazo said…
This is timely that I come across with this practical tips on electrical safety at home. Several months ago we experienced a sudden light up of our electrical wiring connected to the outlet. It's I noticed it right away. The fire that's beginning to eat the books near to it was grabbed by me and I put off the fire immediately.
Chin chin said…
I relieved to know that the incident of fire in your place several months ago was immediately put out.
Thanks for these tips, very useful. I get paranoid whenever there's a light that flickers in our home. Sometimes i also smell the rice cooker smelling of burnt rubber.
Nilyn said…
Many say it's better to get robbed than have a house on fire. It's true because you lose everything with a fire. We live in a rented house so for it to be on fire is a nightmare for me. I hope it will never happen to any of us.
Mommy Maye said…
Electrical safety at home is a must. Most of fire incident started with electrical safety issues. So better safe than sorry. Thank you for sharing these helpful tips.
Mayen Acebron said…
These are really great tips. We really shouldn't take minor electrical issues lightly because they can cause bigger problem such as fire. I'm really afraid that something like that might happen to us that's why we make sure that everything is in order in our home.
Janice said…
Great tips! I'm super scared of fires. This reminds me that we need to buy a fire extinguisher for our house.
PR Daily PH said…
These tips are very helpful. Thanks for sharing. In our case, I always make sure no appliances are plugged in every time we go out.
Melgie Campbell said…
Its always good to feel safe and be safe at all times. One of my friend here in the US, their new house got burned down because of oil and cotton left outside. It was super hot that day at yun nasunog. Buti nalang walang nasaktan As she said, its only the house, they can build it again importante walang nasaktan.
Melgie Campbell said…
Thank you for the tips Sis, also a great way to teaches kids kong gaano ka dilikado ang apoy. Awareness is the best way to prevent fire.
Unknown said…
A couple good tips in here. Safety first should always be the thought. Electricity can be dangerous when mishandled like you point out in your article. 4th leading cause of fires too.
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Owning a new house and lot say in Cavite should start with proper electrical planning as this is an important aspect in having a home. Electrical safety should be a priority and invest on electrical appliances such as a UPS or voltage protector from Panther or APC and have peace in your mind.
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