At Accident Advice Helpline, we understand the risks associated with electricity and handling electrical goods more than most. Here, we publish a handy guide on the top 5 safety tips when handling electrical goods at home.
Switch off unused appliances
Make a habit of switching off all electrical goods when not in use. Make a routine of checking all electrical appliances in your home before going to bed. Switching off electrical appliances not only makes good economic sense by using less energy, but also helps to keep you and your loved ones safe from the risk of a fire breaking out in the middle of the night.
Never overload sockets
It is important not to use too many electrical goods or appliances in one socket. Even if using an adapter or extension cable, do not overload the amount of electrical appliances as this could cause a fire. Make sure that the plug or adapter has a bar type fuse in order to stop the adapter from being overloaded. Never exceed the specified output on adapters
Keep all wires and cables visible
It is important to keep all wires and cables visible at all times by not running cables underneath carpets etc. Not only does an invisible cable or wire create a serious risk of a slip, trip or fall but also prevents a person from noticing the state and condition of cables which may lead to a fire or electrical shock.
It is essential to keep an eye on the condition of the electrical goods and appliances in your home. Make a habit of periodically inspecting cables and plugs for signs of wear in order to prevent the chances of electrical shocks or fire.
Avoid mixing liquids and electricity
Some liquids conduct electricity and contact can be fatal. Keep electrical goods and appliances away from liquids and remember never to operate a device with wet hands.
Thank you for reading Accident Advice Helpline’s guide on safely handling electrical goods at home. Remember, if you’ve suffered an injury as the result of a defective product within the last three years and it wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to claim compensation, contact Accident Advice Helpline today for more information on their 24/7 helpline – 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: May 1, 2014
Author: Accident Advice