How to Properly Handle Electrical Appliances to Prevent  Electrical Hazards

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Sydney is considered as one of the top ten cities of the world as a result of a Mercer Study involving 450 major cities. Sydney, which is the capital of New South Wales, was included in the ranking based on the quality of life that Sydney residents are getting.

Choose any day of the week, and it is most likely that Sydney residents are using several electrical appliances at once. Since electrical appliances such as TVs, refrigerators, and AC units are so common, people tend to forget that these appliances can become a hazard when they are not used or taken care of properly. People also do not care about their home’s lighting after a Sydney electrician has installed them. Household members need to have an idea of how to properly take care of electrical appliances and fixtures in their homes to prevent unnecessary hazards.

Electrical Handling that Anybody Can Follow

It is recommended to use all electrical appliances and fixtures correctly according to their intended purposes. Homeowners should make it a point to set ground rules on the use of electrical appliances that every member of the household should follow. Remember that it may only take a simple mistake of not screwing a lightbulb tightly enough to spark a house fire. Here are some electrical prevention measures you can follow in your home.

Electrical Appliances.

Electrical appliances are already a staple necessity in a home. However, when purchasing electrical appliances, make sure that they have been tested, tagged, and have passed the standards set by the AS/NZS 3760 standards. If an electrical appliance is not being used, unplug it.

Appliances that generate heat such as electric stoves, refrigerators, and television sets should have enough space around them for air to circulate and to cool them down. Keep electrical appliances away from sinks and other areas that are prone to becoming wet.

Make sure to keep track of the wattage requirement for each appliance and to avoid using the same outlet for multiple appliances with heavy wattage requirements to prevent circuits from overloading.

Extension Cords

If you must, use extension cords only temporarily. Do not use extension cords as a permanent power source for your appliances. Hire a Sydney electrician to provide you with additional power outlets according to your needs.

Light Bulbs

When you need to replace a busted bulb, make sure to screw in the replacement bulb tightly. Any loose connections with the bulb and the fixture may spark a house fire. Use only light bulbs that have the same wattage as the light socket. Using bulbs that have high wattage requirements may cause the contact points of the fixture to overheat that may lead to further hazards when left unattended.

Outlets

Avoid overloading your power outlets. Add a circuit breaker to power outlets that are used to power heavy electrical appliances such as washer and dryers, air conditioning units, motorized water pumps, and refrigerators.

Using your electrical appliances correctly at home will save you from unnecessary exposure to electrical hazards. It is therefore important to educate all your household members on how to use electrical appliances and fixtures correctly. It is also recommended to have a certified Sydney electrician perform preventive maintenance to your electrical system at least once a year.