Prevent Electrical hazards at home in this extended Monsoon

1. Never On/ Off the switches With Wet Hands
2. Unplug all electronic devices during thunderstorms
3. Close windows located near plug points during rain showers
4. Use the correct Size and Type of Electrical Wire
5. Protect the socket board in balcony area/ Terrace
6. Prevent Dampness and Water Leakage/ Seepage

Water is one of the important resources used for generating electricity. I think this is one of the known fact but you would be surprised to know that water and electricity never go hand in hand!

Electricity and water are a dangerous combination, and using electrical appliances can be a matter of life and death if it comes in contact with water.

It is rainy season and you probably have your home moist. It is very important to take safety precautions during the rainy season.

Homes need to be protected in the rainy seasons so that the houses do not catch fire, or so that any other electrical damage does not take place. It is to be seen that rains cause heavier electrical damage than any other season and therefore, precautions should be taken accordingly. There are many simple things that you can do to protect your home from rain and avoid electrical accidents.

Mostly such accidents happen due to negligence of the user on the part of electrical safety rules. In this article, we are therefore mentioning some electrical safety tips that you can do to protect your home, loved ones, and avoid accidents caused due to electricity.

As this time, monsoon is extended due to weather changes, so we thought to make you aware of some safety tips to prevent electrical shock for current weather.

Below are simple electrical safety tips that can be followed to save yourself and loved ones from fatal accidents.

1. Never On/ Off the switches With Wet Hands

One of the simplest rule is – Never touch any fuse or switch with wet hands during monsoon.

When you touch a switch with wet hands, there is a possibility of water going inside the switch and coming in contact with the exposed metallic electrical parts of the switch. Water, being a good conductor of electricity will immediately pass the current to your body through your hands. Thereby resulting in a mild to severe shock to you depending on the water content. To avoid this possibility of an electric shock, it is advised that we should not operate any electrical switch with wet hands.

When you come back home in a wet condition, dry yourself first, before switching your gadgets on. You can use a wooden material object like scale or other object made from poor conductors of electricity to manage switches, if necessary.

2. Unplug all electronic devices during thunderstorms

Lightning is a common thing during monsoon, during which current can be conducted inside your home through electronic wires resulting in major fire accidents.

Using plugged in appliances during a lightning storm is risky, not because it attracts lightning (no way that it could) but because, it is connected to earthing line, if by chance, a lightning discharge could happen to strike the building or the ground around building. Thereby electrical current could be conducted through the building’s wiring to the appliance, and then to the user.

3. Close windows located near plug points during rain showers

It is the general thing to shut all doors and windows during heavy rains. Even if you do not follow this convention, you must check if your electrical fittings are near the windows. Rain droplets may enter your home from there and moisten the plug points, making them vulnerable. So always try to close windows near electrical plug points.

4. Use the Correct Size and Type of Electrical Wire

Always remember to use electrical wires of adequate capacity with ISI marks as per load. Similarly, all the electrical appliances like Air conditioner, Washing machine, Microwave oven, Water heater etc., should be of ISI mark from well-reputed manufacturers.

5. Protect the socket board in Balcony/ Terrace area

Usually in some houses, electrical outlet is provided at balcony area for washing machine. There are chances of rainwater coming in contact the electrical outlet. So better to use splash guard (Splash proof box cover1) for this electrical outlet (socket board).

6. Prevent Dampness and Water Leakage/ Seepage

Always try to avoid the dampness or leakage/ seepage problem in your home especially the area with electrical outlets like electrical system and switches. Also see to it that water does not come in contact with the electrical wiring of your house. This happens mostly due to seepage/ leakage or other sources of moisture. Do not touch any electrical appliance that comes in contact with water.

Apart from this, one more point to be taken care before/ after monsoon i.e. to avoid accidents, get all your electrical fittings checked before & after monsoons, which would be a good practise. Loose fittings and improper connections increase chances of electric shocks.

Conclusion

Through these preventive tips, our objective was to make you all aware about how to protect yourself from electrical hazards in this weather. If one follows these electrical safety tips, it is possible to avoid accidents occurring due to electrical hazards like electrical shocks and fire, which can be more dangerous than one can imagine.

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