Electric shocks can not only be painful, they can be a severe safety threat. In worst case scenarios, they can even be deadly. For these reasons, it is very important to know how to prevent electrical shocks in your Watertown home. Here are some great tips to prevent electrical shocks.
1. Never use electronic devices while you are in the bath tub
Water and electricity simply do not mix. If you are using an electric device in the bath tub, then you could be setting yourself up for a dangerous and potentially even life-threatening electric shock. If the device is plugged into a power outlet in the wall, then this is especially dangerous. For example, if you are charging your iPhone while taking a bath and if your iPhone drops into the bath, this could potentially create a life threatening situation. Never bring your electronic devices into the bath, and never, ever, charge them near your bath tub. If you believe that there is a dangerous water-related risk of electric shock in your home, you should call a Watertown electrician immediately to come and inspect your house.
2. Never disconnect an appliance under load
A device is “under load” when it is plugged in, turned on, and being used. When a device is underload, electrical current is running from the wiring in the wall through the electrical socket, into the power cord, and into the appliance. If you suddenly unplug the device while it is under load, then the current could arch and reach your fingers, causing a strong electric shock. This is unlikely to be dangerous for smaller appliances. However, it can be extremely dangerous and painful for larger appliances like washing machines and air conditioner units. So, you should make sure that you always turn off your appliances before you try to unplug them.
3. Turn electricity off before attempting any repairs
If you are going to try to attempt to make any sort of electrical repairs to your home yourself, then you need to make sure that you cut the flow of power off to that circuit before you begin your work. Otherwise, you could risk receiving a dangerous electrical shock if you accidentally touch a live wire. Luckily turning off the electricity in your home is relatively simple. You just go to the circuit breaker, and turn the on switch to off.
4. Use insulated tools
Using insulated tools is another way to prevent electric shock if you are planning on attempting to fix any electrical issues yourself. Insulated tools can help to prevent current from running straight up a tool like a metal pair of pliers and into your hand, giving you a shock. This should only be used as a last resort. But, it can still be very helpful in a number of circumstances.
All of the above tips can help to prevent you from experiencing a painful or potentially even deadly electric shock in your home. However, if you are having any sort of electric issues in your Watertown home, then you should strongly consider hiring a Watertown electrical contractor to come and fix them for you. Home electrical safety is not something that you should neglect.