ELECTRICAL SAFETY TIPS
Hello there, this is Goke (your safety Guide) bringing you another topic on Health and Safety matters. Today, we will be looking at how we can be safe when dealing with electricity. First of all, for electric current to flow from one point to another, there has to be what is called an electrical circuit. An electrical circuit is an unbroken loop of conductive material which allows electrons to flow through continuously with no beginning or end. We will consider various avenues through which electrical fires can arise. Fire arises due to a chemical reaction known as combustion. For combustion to occur, there has to be two or three elements present, which are: Heat, oxygen (oxidizing agent) and also fuel such as wood, paper, electrical cables etc.
Cooking is the number one cause of fires in the home. So it is very important to keep appliances clean, also ensure to wipe surfaces after oil spills. Ensure that you always clean stove surfaces and ovens regularly. When you cook a meal, make sure you roll your sleeves up. It is also advisable to wear tight fitting sleeves. Keep flammable objects such as pot holders, dish, towels and curtains atleast three feet away from the stove. Microwave ovens ought to have enough room to breathe and ensure that all vents are cleared of every obstruction. Assuming there is a microwave fire, the door must be kept closed and the microwave unplugged from the power source. You must ensure that the microwave oven is serviced before you ever use it again.
(1)Ensure that you do not do the electrical repairs by yourself, some men have the tendency to engage in do it yourself tasks (DIY) as regards electrical works. Have the electrical work done by a qualified electrician.
(2)When you plan on remodelling a home, make sure it is inspected by a qualified electrician.
(3)Major appliances (refrigerators, washing machines, air conditioners and dryers, etc.) should be plugged directly into a wall receptacle outlet. Never use extension cords and plug strips.
(4)Make use of ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) to reduce the risk of electric shock. GFCIs shut off an electrical circuit when it becomes a shock hazard. They should be installed inside the house in the kitchen, bathroom and garage. Ensure that all outdoor receptacles are GFCI protected.
(5) Check the cords of electrical cables to ensure that they are not running across walkways or underneath carpets. Extension cords are intended to be used on a temporary basis. Have a qualified electrician add more receptacle outlets so you do not have to use extension cords.
(6)Use light bulbs that match the recommended wattage on the lamp or fixture. There should be a sticker that indicates the maximum wattage light bulb to use.
This is where we will be stopping for now, so until I come your way again, this is Goke Akingbade(your Safety Guide) signing off.
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