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6 Ways To Avoid Electric Shocks In Your Home

By Singapore Home Guy On November 7, 2011 Under Electric Tips

Electrical-related accidents can be fatal. It may cost lives. And you can be a victim before you know it. Unfortunately, it attacks silently. You can’t see, hear or even smell it. At one time, you may luckily get away from some sort of shock. But remember, luck may run out at some point. Therefore, whenever you need to do any electric-related jobs, think safety. Consider these simple safety precautions when doing anything related with electricity.

  • Switch Off – The rule of the thumb: Always switch off the home’s main power supply before you start. Unfortunately, this is often overlooked as most people think that they will only work on minor stuff. Remember, no power means no shock, thus no risk.
  • Check it out! – have you switched the circuit breaker off? You think so? Are you sure? Once you have the circuit isolated, check it out first. It will only take a minute or two to do so.
  • Be Aware – you probably know by now that working with electricity could be extremely dangerous. This is especially if one doesn’t even know the basic precautions. As mentioned, electrical shock can be fatal, causing you not only physical damage but also death. You don’t have to rush. You better take your time as you plan and perform your task. Rushing things may increase the chance of an accident occurring.
  • Wet Areas – working with electricity in wet areas can also increase the possibility of getting electrical shock. Worse, the shock may be severe, resulting to excessive damage or death. As much as possible, don’t use anything with electricity in wet places. If this cannot be helped, at least take necessary precautions. Use rubber boots and gloves to get sufficient insulation and reduce the risks.
  • Warning Labels – Warning labels are there for reason, thus be sure to read them. It is also advisable to label particular power supply for when you turn them off, they will be aware that you’ve done so. Of course, you don’t want your effort in taking important precautions go down to waste for when someone come along and turn the switch on since he/she doesn’t know what you’re doing.
  • Working with high areas – if you need to work on elevated areas, you may need a step ladder so that you can work with much ease. But most homeowners have aluminum step ladder, which is an ideal electric conductor. It is best to use plastic stepping box or wooden ladder.
  • · Residual Current Device or RCD – it is advisable to use these devices when working outdoors or in area where there is high level of humidity. They can detect existing leakage of at least 6milliamps for just about 200 milliseconds.

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