Electrical safety around the house
As much as electricity is a luxury that modern technology affords us, it comes with real dangers that could be potentially fatal if proper precautions aren’t taken, especially if you have small children, sockets and electrical appliances can be hazardous and accidents can happen. However, there are ways you can electric-proof your home for added safety.
Designed to close the electrical socket, socket blockers are used to keep tiny fingers from venturing into the electrical socket holes in the wall. Children are naturally inquisitive and many toddlers end up in the ER due to electrical burns. The socket blockers retail at around R20 each and just pop straight into the socket. They are made of plastic, so they do not disrupt the circuit or block the current.
Check the wires
Often, the protective plastic coating around wires in the home can fray, and holes may appear. Be sure to check all the wires in your home regularly. This includes TV cables, appliance, and the Internet cable and so on. Do not try to fix any broken cables with sellotape Instead, replace all damaged cables. As a side note, don’t use an extension cord as a permanent fixture. If you need additional outlets, contact a licensed electrician to install some wherever you require. Do not run electric cords under carpets and rugs and keep cords well away from hot stoves and other hot surfaces.
Put electrical devices such as DVD players on a shelf out of reach of children, or behind a barrier, says BC Hydro.
Also store bathroom and kitchen electrical appliances – like hair dryers and toasters – out of reach of curious children. Appliances that need to be repaired or replaced should be attended to immediately to avoid accidents.
Playing around with electricity can be dangerous. Make sure that you and your family know how to work with electricity safely, Eskom advises.