Rain is Here, Don’t let Electricity-related Risks come Near

Don’t let Electricity-related Risks

As all of us are well aware of the fact that water is a good conductor of electricity, it is more important in the rainy season to pay extra attention to safety when it comes to electrical appliances and wiring. Even when we are witnessing the trend of wireless devices, the majority of our electrical appliances are still working through wires. Several homes use extension cords to increase the range of electrical outlets. These safety tips can help keep your home wires/ cords in a good condition while ensuring the safe operation:

    1. 1.Regular checking: Check wires/cords regularly for frays, cracks or kinks, including power tool cords, holiday lights, and extension cords. It will take just a few minutes to check once before plugging the device into the socket.

 

    1. 2. Do not leave the cut wires unattended: When you have wires on the floor or lying on the way, just remember to safely tuck them before they can cause any risk in rains.

 

    1. 3. Avoid other uses of live wires: Wires are not jumping ropes, or clothe lines. They should never be used for anything other than their intended purpose, especially when they are connected somewhere, even if they are passing from the veranda, but doesn’t make it suitable for such uses.

 

    1. 4. Proper grounding/ earthing: Grounding/Earthing is the process of connecting the metallic parts of electric machinery to the earth plate or earth electrode (which is buried in the earth) through a thick conductor wire (with very low resistance) for safety purpose to minimize electrocution. It is one of the vital steps that all houses should follow to properly ground the electricals connections to avoid lightning strikes which are very common during the rainy season.

 

    1. 5. Use twisters/tape to fix wires: Do not staple or attach the wires with nails in any position at any time. If the cord doesn’t remain in the desired position, you can choose the tape or twist and tie it in the desired direction.

 

    1. 6. Unplug it wisely: When unplugging a cord, pull on the cord at the outlet rather than tug on the cord itself. Also, switch off before unplugging the device.

 

    1. 7. Never touch with wet hands: Never touch anything electrical with wet hands as well as with the bare feet. Be cautious when operating electrical appliances near water sources. Also, all electrical appliances must be discarded immediately if they have been immersed in water.

 

    1. 8. Limit the use of extension wires: Extension cords are a temporary solution only, preferably don’t use the extension wires on regular basis. Rather it is preferable to have a stable connection wherever required.

 

    1. 9. Check and repair wired connections: You must timely check and repair the wired connections of outlets that are exposed to rain.

 

    1. 10. Never keep the wires beneath rugs: Electrical cords should not be placed beneath rugs, as they can be more hazardous. Moreover, you can minimize overheating of wires.

 

    1. 11. Avoid standing under power lines during the storm: As advised, make the distance of at least 10 feet from the power line. Being a good conductor of electricity, power lines can be fatal for you.

 
Follow the above advices to stay safe at your home, not only in the monsoon season but forever.

Stay safe, enjoy monsoon!

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