Electricity is an incredible modern-day convenience. It helps power homes, keeps people comfortable, and powers appliances and electronics. However, there is a danger of shock when it comes to electricity which can result in injury or even death. If you’ve ever wondered how to avoid electric shock at home or at work, here are a few tips.
Never Use a Power Tool Through a Wall
If you plan on doing a DIY renovation in your home, one of the best ways to avoid electric shock is by NOT using a power tool through a wall. It may be tempting to use an electric saw or drill to speed the process up, but keep in mind there could be a live wire on the other side. This can cause an electric shock. Investigate what’s inside your walls before you make the first cut. If you aren’t sure how, call the professionals.
Know Your Limits
Most people know very little when it comes to how electricity works. When it comes to electricity, ignorance is not bliss. If you aren’t sure what you’re doing, leave it to the professionals. An electrician has the experience to know what’s possible with your home renovation.
Don’t Mess with Plugs
If you have a three-pronged plug but your outlet only has two holes, you may feel tempted to improvise. Stop! The third prong grounds the electrical current. It should never be removed under any circumstances or you could get a severe electric shock.
Install Tamper Resistant Outlets
As soon as babies begin to crawl, parents frantically start babyproofing their house. Nobody wants their child to put their fingers or any other objects in the outlet. One way to help prevent electric shock is by installing tamper resistant outlets. These require two objects, the two prongs of a plug, to be inserted into the outlet simultaneously for the electrical power to flow. Like any babyproofing option, these aren’t entirely “shock-proof.”
Wet Hands? Stay Away from Outlets
One of the most common reasons for electrical shock is people having wet or damp hands and then trying to plug or unplug an electronic device. This often happens in kitchens and bathrooms when people are in a hurry. However, failing to thoroughly dry your hands before reaching for your outlet could lead to danger.
Install GFCI Outlets in Your Home
GFCI outlets are a common safety measure to help avoid electric shock. The outlet can sense if a person’s body starts to receive electricity and cuts off the power immediately. They are usually installed near sources of water, such as the kitchen or bathroom.
Hire an Electrician
If you are having issues with your electricity or want to upgrade some of your outlets, hiring an electrician is in your best interest. Our professionals can complete a full inspection of your home’s electrical system. Improving safety measures can help reduce your chance of electric shock as well as reduce your risk of an electrical fire.
If you suspect a problem with electricity in your home or want to verify your electrical safety, contact Turn It On Electric.