Yorkshire Times
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1:00 AM 27th January 2024

Home Electrical Safety Warning

Image by Nicole Köhler from Pixabay
Image by Nicole Köhler from Pixabay
In our digitally-driven world, electricity is a fundamental part of our daily lives. However, with its extensive use comes the risk of electrical hazards, often stemming from common mistakes in our homes. Safety Officer, Gary Johnstone from Pleavin Power, looks into these risks, providing expert commentary and outlining everyday popular scenarios that could lead to damage or harm.

The Danger of Overloaded Outlets

Expert Commentary:
Overloading an outlet is like putting too much pressure on a single point, It can heat up and potentially start a fire.
Popular Scenario: Plugging multiple high-energy appliances into one outlet or power strip in the kitchen or entertainment centre

Ignored Circuit Breakers: A Warning Sign

Expert Commentary:
A tripping breaker is a cry for help from your electrical system’
Popular Scenario: Resetting the breaker repeatedly without checking for issues like circuit overload or faulty appliances.

Damaged Cords

Expert Commentary:
Using an appliance with a damaged cord is a direct invitation to electrical accidents.
Popular Scenario: Continuing to use a phone charger with frayed wiring

Image by Colin Behrens from Pixabay
Image by Colin Behrens from Pixabay
Light Bulb Wattage Matters

Expert Commentary:
Mismatched bulbs can overheat fixtures, risking fires
Popular Scenario: Installing a 100-watt bulb in a lamp designed for 60 watts in the living room

The Risks of DIY Electrical Work

Expert Commentary:
Electrical systems are complex and mistakes can be fatal
Popular Scenario: Attempting to install a new ceiling fan or outlet without proper knowledge or tools

Water and Electricity

Expert Commentary:
GFCI outlets in wet areas are a must to prevent electrocution
Popular Scenario: Using a hair dryer or electric shaver near a filled sink or in a wet bathroom.

Don’t Block Those Air Vents

Expert Commentary:
Good ventilation prevents overheating of electrical appliances
Popular Scenario: Pushing a refrigerator too close to the wall, blocking its air vents.

Extension Cords: A Temporary Solution

Expert Commentary:
Long-term use of extension cords can lead to wear and potential hazards
Popular Scenario: Using an extension cord for the living room TV and game console permanently.

The Hidden Dangers of Old Wiring

Expert Commentary:
Old wiring is not just inefficient; it's a lurking hazard
Popular Scenario: Living in a heritage home with outdated electrical systems and ignoring signs of wear.

Safe Device Charging Practices

Expert Commentary:
Responsible charging habits are essential to prevent overheating
Popular Scenario: Charging smartphones and laptops on beds or couches overnight.

Beware of Loose Electrical Outlets

Expert Commentary:
Loose outlets can lead to arcing and overheating
Popular Scenario: Using a wobbly plug in the outlet for a table lamp.

Safety officer at Pleavin Power, Gary Johnson, concludes:
"Understanding and avoiding these common electrical mistakes can significantly reduce the risk of accidents in our homes. Regular inspections, mindfulness in everyday use, and calling in experts when in doubt are key practices for maintaining a safe and secure home environment. Remember, when it comes to electricity, caution and knowledge are your best allies."