Electrical Safety During the Festive Season
The festive season is here. s we begin our customary preparations the Christmas tree, decorative lights, and new appliances be sure to pay attention to electrical safety.
Electrical safety is an issue that everyone must approach proactively, especially during the festive season, because although the conveniences of technology can be e citing and sometimes taken for granted, one must never forget the dangers of handling electrical appliances and electricity. Lack of attention to electrical safety can lead to electrocution and fires, putting life and property at significant risk.
Parents must be especially diligent in providing a safe environment at home. The first step is to ensure children, from a very early age, understand the importance of e ercising caution when handling even everyday electrical appliances. ore importantly, parents must teach by e ample children observe and imitate adults. Never underestimate the dangers of simple things that we sometimes take for granted touching appliances with wet hands for e ample, or yanking a cord out of a socket.
In addition, the following tips provide simple ways of safeguarding your loved ones.
• Never attempt anything of an electrical nature that you are not qualified for. Even something that may appear simple, such as changing a plug on a cord, can become dangerous if it is not handled correctly. If the right connections aren’t made, that plug can become an electrical ha ard.
• Don’t run electrical wires across floors where they can become a tripping ha ard.
• Place your Christmas tree away from heat sources and candles. If you have an artificial tree, make sure it’s flame retardant.
• Don’t use lighted candles on or near the Christmas tree or other flammable materials.
• Inspect lights before you use them. If you use electric lights, make sure they’re tested for safety and note whether they are for indoor or outdoor use. Don’t use electrical decorations that have frayed wiring.
• Do not overload power strips. ne must e ercise e treme caution during the Christmas season when additional items such as decorative lights and trees are being used. Ensure that no more than or appliances are plugged into any outlet at one time.
• Always keep outlets off when you are not using them. ot only does this save electricity, but it is also a precaution against curious children who may want to play with appliances.
• Block access to outlets with outlet covers that you can purchase at most hardware stores. ou may also cover the outlet with a heavy tape such as duct tape. This will prevent young children from inserting ob ects and e posing themselves to electric shock.
• If a circuit breaker trips or a fuse blows, thoroughly investigate the reasons. Do not simply reset the breaker or replace the fuse. If a circuit breaker has tripped, it means that you either have a fault or are overloading the system. Upgrading to a larger circuit breaker allows this fault or overload to continue and this will eventually lead to a fire.
• Turn off all electrical decorations when you go to bed at night.
Let’s keep the festive season a happy and safe one. Don’t let your guard down. e sure to practice electrical safety at all times so your preparations for the season won’t be in vain. etting e pert help can save you a lifetime of pain and regret.
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