Guidance on various electrical safety measures to keep everyone safe at home
Electrical Safety Measures at Home
Even though appliances today come with in-built safeguards, it is always best to practice safety precautions in using electricity. Please keep in mind the following tips while dealing with electricity & electrical appliances at home to keep you and your family safe from any accident:
- Never play with electrical cords, wires, switches or plugs. refrain from using them with wet hands or while standing on a wet surface.
- Please stay away from fallen power lines as they are an easy source of electric shocks.
- Avoid using appliances like hairdryer, electrical radio, etc. near a bathtub or sink.
- Stay away from substations and transformers. don't plant shrubs and trees close to them.
- Don’t climb a tree that has a power line nearby or touching it.
- If an appliance works improperly or gives the slightest signs of a problem such as minor shocks or sparks, disconnect it and have it serviced.
- Never fly kites, balloons, and model airplanes near overhead electrical wires. If anything gets caught in a line, do not try to remove it.
- Before you move a metal ladder, check to see that it's clear of power lines. It can be fatal if contact occurs with a line.
- Never install a TV or radio antenna near power lines.
- In case of three-pin plugs, ensure that the point is properly earthed.
- Do not put electrical tools, appliances, or cords in water.
- Never climb utility poles or electrical towers.
- Never touch a bare wire which isn’t insulated. never allow usage of wires with worn insulations.
- Never use water to extinguish an electrical fire.
- Replace a fused bulb or tube light only after switching it off.
- Never overload electrical mains.
- Always get all the wiring done through a licensed electrical contractor (lec).
- Wires and electrical fittings should never be used for hanging signboards.
- Always use rubber mats for standing while working on electrical machines.
- Put safety signboards at visible locations.
- Use gloves and keep safe distance while carrying out switching operations.
- Never close or open a switch hesitatingly. Always do it firmly and quickly.