Constantly hiring electricians to conduct electrical inspections just to ensure that your home is safe and in working order can quickly become an expensive exercise so why not learn some things that you can do yourself? We often get nervous when it comes to electricity because the consequences can be so severe but in truth, there are many things that we get wrong that could potentially put us in danger. For this reason, we have some simple tips to look after your home.
1) Be Efficient – Have a quick look around your home right now and notice how many electrical devices are on that you are not using. Many of us are guilty of leaving things on that we no longer need and certain appliances are dangerous when left on such as hairdryers and hair straighteners. Not only that, it also wastes electricity and therefore money.
2) Don’t Overload – Overloading extension leads and plug sockets is extremely dangerous and causes many house fires every single year. Make sure you unplug anything you aren't using, do not put an extension lead into an extension lead and spread out your plugs throughout the house. Overloading also leads to a shorter life for many appliances.
3) Be Careful – If you don’t know what you're doing, don’t do it. You may think ‘well, it is just a frayed wire, I know how to fix this’ but you can cause a lot of damage to your home and more importantly, to yourself. You may want to put off calling a professional electrician because you are too proud or because you don't want to pay but at the end of the day, it is worth getting a job done properly as opposed to ‘winging it’.
4) Dust – Surprisingly, dust causes thousands of appliances to break down every single year because it can clog filters and electronic systems to the point where it puts too much stress on the device and burns out. Try to keep all electronic areas free of dust to keep things working for as long as possible.
5) Surge Protectors – If you have an area in the house where many plugs can be found in one spot, e.g. the TV or computer, install a surge protector or circuit breaker to ensure that it remains safe. If a potentially dangerous surge or spike of electricity is in the power line, this device will suppress it ensuring that no damage is caused to the line or the appliance.
6) Stay Informed – If you have a faulty item or the manufacturer recalls its products, you should take it back to where it was purchased to save any dangerous problems. In addition to this, you may want to think about replacing any electrical device that is over ten years old as they will no longer be able to work as efficiently as they once did. Ovens, irons, hair straighteners, hair dryers, and more, should all be replaced once they reach a certain age to keep your electrical points safe.
Hire A Qualified Electrician
If you are worried about the safety of an electrical point or want to check that you are acting responsibly, please do call a professional electrician as they will be able to ease your mind. As long as you are abiding by the points above, you’re putting all electrical points and appliances in a great position to last a lot longer.