Thinking of becoming an electrician? Before you make any steps to become one, why don’t see if you’ve got what it takes? As you may already know by now, electricity can be very dangerous to handle. Working with it requires a clear head and a steady hand. Of course, it also helps if you actually know what you can and can’t go around it.
Before you go off on the path to becoming an electrician, why don’t you check the brief home safety list below and see if you already know the fundamentals of electrical safety?
Water and Electricity – Not a Good Mix
When was the last time you flipped a light switch with a wet hand? Bet you can still remember it right? When using any kind of appliance in your home, always make sure that your hands are dry. When it’s raining heavily outside or if there’s a thunderstorm, make it a habit to switch off all appliances and electronics in your home by pulling out the plugs. Not only will this protect your appliances, it can also save your life.
Warmth is Often a Sign of Danger
If a wire, plug, socket or outlet gets warm when in use, it’s probably a good sign of something bad about to happen. In the case of sockets, heat is often a sign of overloading, so unplug everything and give it some time to cool down. If this happens again, please consult an electrician. Be warned that overloaded sockets/outlets are one of the main causes of fire, so it definitely pays to be vigilant.
Be Careful with Power Extensions
For appliances that use up a lot of amperes, power extensions are not recommended. If a power extension needs to be used, be sure to check for its ampere rating and use it for only one high-ampere appliance. These include irons, ovens, and refrigerators.
These are just safety tips you should know before becoming an electrician. There are plenty more out there, so do your research.