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The 10 Most Dangerous Electrical Safety Hazards

Tamara Parris

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There are a number of electrical safety hazards present in every home and workplace. Our dependence on electricity has contributed to an ever-increasing number of fatalities throughout the year. The most common victims of electric hazards are children who are not carefully supervised. Electricians who work with electricity all day are also more prone to injuries, some of which are fatal. Recognizing the most dangerous electrical safety hazards can help people to safeguard their lives.

Handling Electric Appliances with Wet Hands

Electricity and water form a fatal combination. A person who touches an electric socket or appliance with wet hands is asking for trouble. The danger is even greater with sweat, because salt water is an even better conductor of electricity.

Electric Outlets Close to Sources of Water

Electric outlets in bathrooms and kitchens must be a safe distance away from the sink or shower. Ideally, all such receptacles and outdoor sockets must be GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupting) type, so that the danger of electric shocks and fires is reduced.

Uncovered Electric Sockets around Toddlers and Babies

Young children are naturally curious. Electric outlets at knee height must be protected with plastic closures that fit snugly and cannot be removed easily. A little child who pokes a finger in a socket could be fatally injured in the event of an electric shock.

Defective or Torn Electric Wires

Corroded, worn or torn electric wires can lead to electric accidents. Inspect all your wiring and cords regularly to ensure that they are in good condition.

Working on Electric Equipment with the Power On

Whenever you attempt to do electric work, ensure that all sources of electricity to the appliance are shut off. Make it a point to check whether the power has been turned off, rather than asking somebody else to do it.


Pouring Water on an Electric Fire

A popular misconception is that water can control any fire. In the case of electric fires, water acts as a fuel that worsens the situation. You must use a fire extinguisher that is recommended for use on electric fires.

Incorrect Wiring

The electrical wiring for any building is a crucial component. Unless you are a qualified electrician, avoid performing such tasks. Employ the services of a professional who can do the job safely and correctly.

Overheating Bulbs and Lights

Sources of light must be kept away from flammable materials such as upholstery, drapes and beds. If the two come in prolonged contact, the chances of an electric fire are high.

Misused Extension Cords

Misuse of extension cords is a major reason for electric shocks and fires. Never use extension cords as a permanent substitute for additional sockets. Never overload extension cords and discard them if they have worn out wires. Similarly, avoid overloading electric circuits by operating too many appliances all at once.

Covered Cords and Wires

Electric wires and cords radiate heat, which must be dissipated safely. This is why it is important to avoid covering wires under rugs or furniture, as they could overheat and start an electric fire.

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October 11, 2016 @ 10:05 AM EDT Health & Safety

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Sudie Stephens

Thank you for sharing this article. It is very essential to follow these tips to stay away from electrical hazards. Many hazards can be eliminated or reduced by staying aware and taking necessary steps to eliminate it. This can be done with the assistance of an electrician. Uncovered electric sockets, defective or torn electric wires, incorrect wiring, etc should be immediately replaced. A person should call a certified electrician, as they can solve electric problems. One needs to pay proper attention while dealing with electricity. It is better to call electricians when any electrical work has to be done.

April 27, 2018 @ 05:26 AM EDT