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How to keep your house safe

Friday, February 17, 2017

Of late there has been a steep rise in loss of human lives owing to power hazards at home. These safety tips should come in handy

  • Use electrical wires, cables and materials of proper capacity and insulation.
  • Do not overload any electrical circuit.
  • Use fuse wire of proper capacity or use circuit breaker of proper capacity to avoid danger of overload or short circuit.
  • Use ISI marked or Quality Control certified electrical materials and appliances.
  • Use a three-pin plug top instead of open wire.
  • For fire due to short circuit, first switch off the mains. Do not use water to douse the fire. Use dry chemical type fire extinguisher.
  • For any electrical accident, first intimate the concerned electrical inspector.
  • Use ELCB (Earth-leakage circuit breaker) to avoid accidents from earth leakage current.
  • Get electrical wiring of the buildings more than 15 meters high, certified by an electrical inspector before commencement of electrical supply.
  • Use insulated hand gloves, gumboots and tools while working on live electrical lines.
  • Use electrical appliances that have provision for earthing
  • Do not use charged electrical wires for drying clothes.
  • Keep the meter room neat, clean and ventilated.
  • Do not construct any house or structure below the overhead wires and maintain the specified horizontal distance from the lines.
  • Do not use temporary wires.
  • Use insulated wire for neutral and independent wire for earthing.
  • Use only one plug in a socket.
  • Do not use wires and cables with joints.
  • Get your wiring and earthing tested periodically from a licensed electrical contractor.
  • Users should carry out all electrical works from government licensed electrical contractors only.
  • Provide copper plate or rod earthing to electrical installations.
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