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Safety Tips For Wiring Electrical Outlets

Safety Tips For Wiring Electrical Outlets.
written by: Partoh
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Each year thousands of
people die because of fires outbreaks and burns as a result of faulty
electrical wiring. Majority of those who die are elderly adults and children
who are not able to rescue themselves in case of a fire hazard as a result of an
electric fault. The following are some of the safety tips for wiring electrical
outlets.

Tip#1: Install safety
switches

When your electrician
is doing the whole wiring in your house make sure that he or she installs
safety switches at the meter box. This will give you the assurance of switching
it on and off when there is need.

 

Tip#2: Test safety
switches 

After the installation
of the safety switches in your meter box it is worth testing them after some
time. The thumb rule demands that you test them after three months by just
pressing the “T” button. If it turns of power then it is in good condition but
if it does not switch of consider installing another one.

Tip#3: Avoid
piggy-back or ‘double adapter’ connections

Connecting too many
cords to an outlet which is designed for one plug leads to overloading of
electrical power, thus leading to a fire outbreak. You should therefore, use
extensions or power boards that have safety drives within them which prevents
any overload of any power outlet.

Tip#4: Childproof your
outlets

Children are found of
poking small items such as wires, pens, sticks among other things into
electrical outlets. When doing the wiring of the electrical outlets in your
house, consider installing childproof plugs in these outlets. By installing
childproof outlets, you will discourage children from poking the outlets with
their playing materials.

Tip#5: Get a licensed
electrician to do your wiring

There are a number of
electricians who are not competent in their work. When you need an electrician
to do some wiring are repairs in your house then call one who has been given a license
by the government. Check the credentials and experience of the electrician
before giving him or her an ok of doing any electrical wiring for the outlets in
your house.

Tip#6: Look out for
water leaks

Water is an excellent
conductor of electrical power and when it leaks into the power outlets an electric
shock can be experience or even a fire outbreak can occur. In the process of wiring electrical outlets
check the water leaks in your house and ensure that it is immediately repaired
by a plumber who is licensed. In addition to this, you need to keep all the
electrical appliances, extension leads, and cords away from water.

 

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