If it weren’t for electricity, many of the common everyday things we take for granted simply wouldn’t work. The cars we drive, microwaves we cook with, televisions we watch, phone conversations we have, and light we use to read all have one thing in common - they’re powered by electrical innovation. The development and utilization of electricity has truly revolutionized the world we live in.
Unfortunately, electricity can also be very dangerous when it’s not handled correctly. For this reason, it’s important to always seek professional assistance when you are conducting projects in your home that require working with electricity. We’ll discuss more on why and how below.
Sustaining Shocks from an Electrical Circuit
Electricity is all around us, including in our very own bodies! While this is a neat fact, it also means we can easily conduct an electrical circuit and experience shock or electrocution. Each year there are more than 300 deaths that result from electrocution and more than 4,000 injuries! Luckily, there are steps you can take to avoid sustaining injury from an electrical current. Here are some things to keep in mind:
- Don’t use electricity in or around pools, bathtubs, or showers.
- Before handling an electrical circuit, remove all metal jewelry.
- Always make sure electrical outlets have the appropriate covers placed over them.
- Don’t adjust the prongs of electrical cords to fit them to size.
- Before working on anything with electricity, make sure you have turned off all power sources.
- Make sure you are grounded when handling electricity.
Working on electrical projects and repairs can result in injury if you aren’t experienced. It’s always best to hire a licensed electrician for your safety and peace of mind.
How to Handle an Electrical Burn
Burns of any kind aren’t any fun - electrical burns, however, are considered to be worse in many cases than other types. This is because it can do more damage and in a shorter amount of time than other burn causes. Electrical burns need to be treated immediately in a hospital or doctor’s office.
This is because any injury resulting from electricity can cause other problems as well, such as ventricular fibrillation, brain damage or cardiac arrhythmia. Don’t ever risk it and seek medical attention right away.
Take the Time to Unplug
Unplugging your unused electrical devices is one of the best things you can do as a homeowner. When your TV, microwave, hairdryer, and other devices aren’t in use they still have current running through them. Not only will unplugging your unused items save you money with energy conservation, but it also reduces your risk of a fire starting in your home.
Electrical devices can overheat or get too hot when they have a current continuously running through them. This can quickly start a fire in your home, risking your safety and that of your home.
It’s always a good idea to call for professional help whenever you have an electrical project that needs to be completed. Doing so will ensure your safety and make sure the work is done properly. The next time you have an electrical job, Maitz Home Services is ready to help! Contact us today to schedule your appointment.