Many people have managed their home power with energy. But often, unfortunate events occur because the owners do not know about electrical safety tips and rules. There have been thousands of cases of fires ignited by the electrical incidents. Whether you are managing your residence, or commercial property, you will want to know these electrical safety tips to prevent any unwanted accidents and keep you safe, and we recommend that you always seek professional services for all your electrical needs. Because electricians are educated and experience based on the Canadian Electrical code, which is mostly about the safety of consumers and protection for personal who work with electricity and electrical devices and equipment.
Using appliances safely and appropriately
One easy way to use electrical appliances safely is by following their manual guide and instructions that come with them. Every manufacturer must add “Read the instructions” section in the package for users to understand how to use electrical appliances safely. When you read manuals, it’s easy to use these electrical appliances, electrical devices, and electrical equipment safely, and you and your family will be safe from electrical hazards.
Keeping electrical appliances away from water
One of the Electrical Safety Tips that is essential is to keep your electrical devices and appliances away from the water to prevent electrical short circuits and electrical shocks. As we know that electricity and water don’t go well together, and it is very crucial to our safety and well-being to keep them away from each other. Make sure to keep your appliances dry when used or not used. This will prevent the water from causing electrical shocks and prevent damages to the appliances. Make sure you dry your hands before using any electrical device and appliances and position your appliances away from the water to prevent electrical hazards from happening.
Check portable electrical cords regularly
It is crucial to check on electrical cords regularly to make sure there is no damage or wiring exposure, if you notice that the electrical cord for your appliances is damaged for any reasons, you will need to replace damaged power cords immediately otherwise they might ignite a fire and cause electrocution. The best way to prevent electrical problems and electrical hazardous from happening to check your appliances and equipment’s electrical cord regularly, especially the one you use and move a lot. Some signs that your electrical cord needs replacements are when power cords insulation is melted, crack, damaged, or frayed. We suggest that you use the electrical cords in your residence that are at least 14 AWG or 12 AWG cords for the heavier loads, consider using Higher AWG. Using proper AWG cord can guarantee that you and your family are safe from unwanted electrical related hazardous and shocks.
Make the electrical power cords tidy and stored well
When used, it is reasonable to keep your power cords tidy, neat and it is also important to store your electrical power well to prevent any damage, to avoid damage and to minimize electrical risk. For example, leaving an electrical cord in access of children or pets might cause damage to them, and it will be dangerous when you use them. Store the unused cords in the safe and room-temperature place and make sure not to store unused cord in the hot room or hot surface since it can affect its insulation.
Improve the air circulation in rooms to improve electrical safety and prevent overheating
Electrical devices and appliances often get errors because they are overheated. Overheating appliances will affect their performance and make them worn off quickly and can be dangers too. Therefore, it’s crucial to have proper ventilation to prevent your devices from overheating and electrical hazardous. Putting your appliances in an enclosed space can be dangerous unless you provide good air circulating. Pay special attention to hot sources such as stove, oven, dryer, heathers, etc.
Unplug your mobile electrical appliances and when not used
When you are not using your portable appliances, it is much better to unplug them to prevent overheating, overloading, or surging stand by electrical power. When the users don’t use the appliances, the electricity keeps flowing, and it is called standby power. Unplugging appliances that are not used permanently will stop stand by power and save you electricity and can reduce your electrical bill.
The wattage of your fixtures and appliances
You will want to check if you are using the right wattage to your fixtures and appliances in your house. And this is very important when you replace the bulbs because using higher wattage on light fixers that are not rated for such wattage can cause fire and damage to the lights and your property. So always check what is the maximum wattages on the light fixture and install the bulbs equal to that or lower wattage, and we suggest using the bulbs with lower wattage than maximum wattage to stay on the safe side. Because one of the most common factors of electrical fires and electrical fires triggers is the use of incorrect wattage and use of higher wattage bulbs. If you notice that you are using the higher wattage than what is allowed, you must replace the items immediately with properly rated wattage. And to do this, always check the label on light fixture and appliances or request professional electrical service.
Preventing electrical overloading
When you are using an outlet for more than one electrical load like microwave and coffee maker, it might overload the outlet and cause the breaker to trip. So always consider plugging in high-wattage appliances to different outlets and outlets, which are on two separate circuit breakers to avoid overloading the circuits breakers and electrical devices. Based on CEC-2018 for every 15 Ampere electrical outlet, you can only use it to carry 12 Amp. of load, which is 1440 watt. For instance, you cannot use an outlet for both your microwave and washing machine unless it is a split outlet and is on two separate circuits. We recommend you only plug one appliance to every outlet to prevent overloading and make sure your electrical system and devices are safe and avoid overheating and overloading. If you notice overheat outlets or devices, contact an electrician to prevent further damage and any hazardous situations.
Temper resistance plugs and electrical socket cover for child and pet protection
The Canadian electrical code requires all new outlets installed in residential and located with reach of children and pets to be temper resistance. And if you are living in an old house, you might consider replacing your receptacles with temper resistance receptacles or use the electrical socket covers to make sure your children and pets are safe and protect them from electrical hazards. Because children and pets love to play around, and they might have their curiosity too for the electrical outlets. And you could consider installing safety covers or caps onto your power outlets. For exclusive discounts on replacing your regular electrical outlets with TR-outlets, please call https://canelectric.ca/contact/ and present (11TR2019) promotional code.
Home electrical inspections
We suggest that you get your home electrical be inspected every five years or anytime you notice something unusual is happening with your electrical or your house electrical is old. Can Electric Ltd, specialize in all electrical inspections to make sure you and your family and property are safe and best protected, please feel free to contact us for free quote on your home complete electrical safety inspection and after inspection we will provide you with a detailed report for what to be done to make your electrical safety, and we will recommend all the corrections that need to be done based on electrical code corrections and improvements. We also provide special electrical inspections for home insurance and commercial property insurance. our professional staff will be happy to help you with all your electrical need and services and please present (11INS2019) promotional code for exclusive discounts.
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Refer to the following for more electrical safety tips and instructions:
- Workplace Electrical Safety (CSA-Z462)
- Canadian standard association (CSA)
- Canadian Electrical Code (CEC-2018)
- Safety Standard for Electrical Installations
- Safety principles of International Standard IEC 60364-1
- Canadian Association of Fire Investigators
- Workplace Electrical Safety Tips
- Electrical Safety Authority Field Evaluation (ESAFE)
- Safety standards for electrical equipment (CEC-2018-Appendix A)
- IEEE Guide for Safety and IEEE Guide for Maintenance, Operation, and Safety of Industrial and Commercial Power Systems.
Canadian-Electrical safety regulating and overseeing bodies:
- Technical Safety BC, Langley, British Columbia
- Technical Standards & Safety Authority (TSSA), Toronto, Ontario
- Electrical Safety Authority, Cambridge, Ontario
- SaskPower, Regina, Saskatchewan
- Alberta Municipal Affairs, Edmonton, Alberta
- New Brunswick Department of Public Safety, Miramichi, New Brunswick
- Government of the Northwest Territories, Yellowknife, NT
- Government of Nunavut Community & Government Services
- Department of Communities, Lands, and Environment, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
- Manitoba Hydro, Winnipeg, Manitoba
- Government of Yukon, Whitehorse, Yukon
- Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education, Halifax
- Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, Human Resource Secretariat
- Régie du bâtiment du Québec, Québec, Québec
- Electrical Safety Authority, Mississauga, Ontario
- AWG: American wire gauge
- W: Wattage (Ampere * volt) W=AV
- TR: Temper resistance
References: www.scc.ca and Canadian electrical code book-2018