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5 Tips for Preventing Electric Shocks

When working with electricity, it is extremely important to stay safe at all times. Electric shocks can cause serious injury or even death, so it is extremely important that precautions are taken.

Cover Sockets and Outlets

Particularly if you have small children or pets, it is important to cover any potential hazardous areas. Wall plates, light switch covers and plastic plug coverings are not just aesthetic tools, they are very important in keeping you from harm’s way.

Replace Old or Damaged Equipment

If equipment is old or damaged, do not let it get worse, call an electrician immediately to complete the job. Handling old or dysfunctional equipment could have fatal consequences.

Don’t Overwhelm Power Outlets

It’s true, there never are enough plugs when you need them, but overwhelming them with extension cords is asking for trouble. Blown fuses and electrical fires are very real consequences of such activity. Try to limit the amount of temporary arrangements that you require, if you still find yourself in need of extension cords, consider installing a new power outlet.

Store Electrical Goods Safely

Keeping electrical goods stored in areas where water is present is a really silly idea and is a common cause of painful electric shocks. Think about where you store your electrical goods and prevent an unnecessary shock.

Be Careful with Electrical Work

And finally, if you are conducting electrical work, take the necessary precautions. Turn off power sources, wear protective gloves and clothing and remove metal jewellery.