Elec­tri­cal Safety Dur­ing the Fes­tive Sea­son

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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.

Com­ments or ques­tions as­so­ci­ated with this ar­ti­cle or about CE EC in gen­eral are wel­comed. end email to con­nect­ed­luc­elec.com or call . You can also visit our web­site at www.lucelec.com for ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion.

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