Home safety tips for electronics and electrical appliances
Electronic appliances are all around our home and they make life easier. But if we don’t often recognize their potential safety hazards or operate them unsafely, they could pose significant risks. Don't worry. After reading this article, you will know more about home appliance safety and enjoy the benefits of electronics.
1. Always read the operating manual for any appliance you buy
It’s easy to assume that you know how to use your new dishwasher or washing machine without consulting the manual, but reading the instructions is important for several reasons:
◉ You need to know whether your home’s wiring is sufficient to support the new appliance. You may need to install a new circuit to prevent overloading your existing ones.
◉ You will learn about advanced features you might not otherwise have known about.
◉ You need to know if the appliance is safe for indoor humid environment or not.
2. Unplug small appliances when not in use
While keeping a small appliance plugged in isn’t necessarily a safety issue, you can prevent unnecessary energy consumption by unplugging them when not in use. This is because small appliances often include LED indicators and other energy-consuming features while in standby mode. For example printers, game consoles, phone chargers etc.
3. Be careful with electronic outlets
◉ Do not overload outlets with multiple adaptors or power strips; Never put any object other than the appropriate size plug into an outlet.
◉ Do not ever force a three-prong plug into a two-receptacle socket.
◉ Never attempt electrical repairs or rewiring without proper certification and experience.
◉ Do not put water on an electrical fire; use a dry fire extinguisher or baking soda instead.