By : HS Wong and Samantha Koh
29 March 2016
In today’s wifi-hungry and smartphone crazy world, the fuel that runs these services – electricity – is a necessity. But how can you make sure that you do not waste this resource and while using it, keep your home safe at the same time? Well, here are 6 useful tips to help you maintain the electrical appliances in your home and keep electrical hazards at bay 🙂
1. Unplug electrical equipment when not in use
Electronic appliances and devices consume low levels of electricity even in standby mode. While the consumption is negligible on a daily basis, multiply that by the number of days in a year and this will add up quite substantially. Unplugging the electrical appliances will not only reduce your electricity bill, but will also help to prolong their shelf life. At the same time it would help to prevent electrical fires (when appliances overheat).
2. Avoid connecting several appliances to one power socket
Overloading a socket can lead to overheating and ultimately, fires. If you require multiple extensions for adaptors, consider installing additional sockets. Do remember to get a Licensed Electrical Worker (LEW) for all electrical work!
3. Wires should not be installed across floors, under carpets or through doorways or windows
Sometimes, for the sake of convenience, we tend to choose the route of least resistance (pun intended). It is important not to run wires across places with high level of activities, to prevent greater wear and tear. Exposed wires are an electrical hazard as the live wire carries a high voltage, and any contact with it can cause electrical shocks.
Although all HDB flats are provided with a Residual Current Circuit Breaker (RCCB) – a safety device, to protect flat owners from electrical shocks, you are encouraged to play your part to create a safe living environment!
Remember to test your home’s RCCB monthly to ensure that it is working
4. Protect sockets from prying fingers
Important for families with young children! Buy socket covers to prevent little curious fingers from touching the sockets or sticking things into them. These sockets can be easily purchased from any hardware store in your neighbourhood. Keep your loved ones safe, always 🙂
5. Replace damaged cords
Even if cords only look damaged, throw them away! Cords that look cracked and worn out can also pose a safety hazard. Money spent buying new cords is money worth spending, I’d say – better to be safe than sorry!
6. Keep electrical appliances away from water
Water itself is not a conductor of electricity but contains charged particles that can cause more damage than you expect when it comes in contact with electricity. Do not use electrical appliances in or near water sources – using a hair dryer near a bathtub full of water can do more harm than just frizzing your hair.
You will be surprised that many home fires occurred because home owners ignore the basic safety rules. To make it handy for you, here’s the infographic on the 6 tips we shared – you can print it, or save it – we hope that the tips are useful to help keep your home safe 🙂
For more electrical wiring and accessories tips, check out the HDB InfoWEB. If you have any home maintenance tips to share, do head on down to our Facebook page and let us know!