Why You Shouldn’t Delay an Electrical Safety Audit in Your Home??

So, you’ve been living in your home for several years now and even though it is over ten years old, you’ve never run into a problem – and you’ve certainly never heard of anyone you know having an electrical fire or getting electrocuted.

Other than flickering or dimming lights when you turn on the vacuum cleaner, you have experienced nothing remarkably dangerous, right?

Millions of people think this way – they tuck away the thought of addressing the hazards immediately. They know they should and will get to them soon… eventually… just as soon as they… whatever.

Procrastination is very typical amongst us humans, isn’t it? We are not going to do anything until absolutely pressured into it!

We all know though; delaying action rarely helps any situation. Black mold growing in a bathroom or rotting wood on a deck are obvious signs you must take action soon. A recurring tooth pain will get worse and will eventually overwhelm any procrastination and/or fear of going to a dentist. A howling baby demands an immediate and effective reaction. Ignoring squeaky brakes in your car can result in a catastrophe if not addressed now.

Of course, the common element of these problems is that you know about them. There is a visual, auditory, tactile, olfactory (it stinks!) or taste aspect of the developing problem and you soon will have no choice, but to act!

Unfortunately, the hazards of old and outdated electrical wiring, outlets, switches, breakers, panels, etc. do not present obvious signs of deterioration. They are invisible since they are most often behind walls or within the devices themselves.

Electrical terminology sometimes describe the events leading up to an electrical failure as ‘faults’ – as in ‘ground faults’ or ‘arc faults’.

Ground faults are a result of improper grounding in an electrical system. Since electricity is always trying to go to ground (literally the earth beneath our feet) along the path of least resistance, it may find another wire – or family member – as most convenient for its journey.

This can result in disastrous consequences of fire or electrocution.

An arc fault is what you would commonly know as a short or a spark in a loose or incorrectly wired electrical connection. It doesn’t take a lot of imagination to see how this can lead to fire.

These perilous conditions develop as a result of years of deterioration in all things electrical in your home. It is important to note that these devices, wiring, fixtures, safety features and the methods to install them were state-of-the art back when your home was built or renovated.

However, as technology races at break-neck speed, the old services are straining to keep up with the demand of modern appliances and other electrical devices.

Much like airplane crashes, our governments learn from, and legislate new rules and regulations to prevent, the disastrous consequences of outdated electrical devices and practices. A parallel discovery was that most fire related deaths occur not as a result of fire directly, but from inhaling poisonous fumes after the victims are rendered unconscious in their sleep. This revelation gave rise to the regulation that requires smoke detectors to be installed immediately outside bedroom doors. They must also be powered by the AC current from your home with battery back-up. Additionally, they must all be wired together so they all scream danger when smoke becomes present anywhere in the house.

Since both of these changes in the Code were implemented, deaths arising from electrical fires were reduced dramatically.

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Electrical Safety Audit; A Homeowners Guide

Did you know that faulty electrical appliances caused over 20,000 fires? With electricity being an essential part of everyday life, our sockets are frequently overloaded with electrical appliances, and damaged electrical points are left without a thought. This is playing with fire – literally, and should you spot a fault it’s vital that you call in an expert who will fix the problem professionally and safely.

To help you to spot an electrical health and safety risk, we’ve devised the following checklist.

Step One: Electrical Health Check

Double check to see if you have any bare wires on show or if the casing for electrical points is damaged. If you spot any of these make sure you call in a professional and fully qualified electrician. Remember electricity is very dangerous, so don’t go trying to botch it up yourself.

Step Two: Avoid Heat

Kitchen appliances are frequently left to trail across the worktop near hot hobs – this creates a potential hazard. So, make sure you double check that appliances are unplugged or left near hot surfaces. Furthermore, make sure you don’t have wires running across the floor. Not only does this create a trip hazard it also crushes the wire which makes them weaker and likely to break and fray, creating a very real risk.

Step Three: Preventative Measures

Children love to grab and pull at things, and delve into every area of the home – even plug sockets. Don’t let electricity be a risk and make sure you have covers for your electrical points. It may seem inconvenient but it could save your child’s life.

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Causes of Fires in Domiciles or Residences

“Residential Fire Prevention is a Daily Commitment”

Let’s be aware of the main causes of fires in residential homes. Carelessness causes most fires in residential homes.

1. Fire in a Closet/Storage – can begin when overloaded fuse box ignites clothes or rags. Additional closet fires – can start when spontaneous combustion can cause a fire. Note: “Spontaneous Combustion” is when a substance with a relatively low ignition temperature begins to release heat, which may occur in several ways, such as oxidation or fermentation. The heat is unable to escape and the temperature of the material rises. The temperature of the material rises above its ignition point or lastly … Combustion begins if a sufficiently strong oxidizer, such as oxygen, is present.
2. Fire in Waste Paper – can begin if trash is stored carelessly near an ignition sources or if something like a cigarette ash is still hot enough to ignite the combustible contents.
3. Fire from Poor Wiring – in an appliance or wall can quickly spread to nearby curtains and other combustible materials.
4. Electrical shorts – can cause fire if extension cords are frayed and worn.
5. Fire in a Chair/Couch or Mattress – can start when a careless smoker drops hot tobacco ashes on surface areas.
6. Fire in a Grease pan or Deep Fryer – on a stove can ignite nearby curtains, cabinets or other combustibles.
7. Fire in a Wastebasket – can flare up if hot cigarette ashes are emptied into it with other combustibles.
8. Curtains or Furniture can be Set Ablaze – by a child playing with matches or a lighter or an adult with a cigarette.
9. Fire in Bedding – can happen when a careless smoker falls asleep in bed.
10. Fire from Hot Ashes – can flare up when they are stored in an improper container.
11. Unattended Cooking – is a leading cause of home fires … never leave anything cooking unattended.

 

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Safety Audit Consultant

Elion Technologies & Consulting provides a variety of Health, Safety, Quality and Training services. We offers a Safety audit and Fire audit for your business. Our consultants have a wealth of practical experience. As an employer you should know that you must ensure the health, safety and welfare of your employees. In addition to the design and building of your Safety Management System we will train a member of your staff to manage the system and keep it updated.

For a practicable and sensible approach towards Health and Safety issues for your business, Elion Technologies & Consulting have a consultant ready to help you.

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Ways to save electricity

The big thing these days is to reduce the size of your “carbon footprint” on the environment, meaning of course, that you try your best to use less non-renewable energy. One of these energy resources is electricity, which is usually generated from Coal fired or nuclear power stations. Coal, as a fossil fuel, generates a lot of carbon emissions, and even nuclear power leaves hazardous waste to be disposed of. So how do we reduce the amount of electricity we use, and what real difference does it make? Let’s look at 10 ways to save electricity:
1. Replace all the light globes in your house with low energy globes; the flourescent tube type. These globes save about 82% of the electricity used by a normal incandescent globe. What this means, in a family of 2 adults and 2 children, having a house with 20 light globes on in a four hour evening, is a reduction in electricity usage from 8 Kilowatt hours down to 1.44 KW hours, a saving of 6.66 KWh. If you multiply this by the amount of homes in America, say about 50 million, this is a saving of 333,000 Megawatt hours. What this means in real terms is that you could probably completely do away with 2 or 3 large coal fired power stations, just on this saving alone.
2. Switch off lights and appliances that you are not using. Don’t walk out of a room and leave everything going. Switch off when you leave.
3. Insulate your water heater, or “geyser,” with an insulating blanket. This can save you about 2KW hours a day, possibly more in cold climates. Also put insulation around your hot water pipes, to further reduce heat loss and consequent energy usage.
4. Don’t use the hot water tap to wash your hands, etc. By the time the hot water gets along the pipes to your hands, you’re finished. Then the water heater has to heat up that bit of water that you didn’t actually get to use anyway.
5. When boiling a kettle, only put in the amount of water that you intend to use. The rest of the water is just going to cool down again, unused.
6. Try and avoid using appliances that use a lot of energy, like tumble driers, stoves and heaters. There are situations of course where you have to use these appliances, but if possible, use another method. For example, don’t use the tumble drier when the sun is shining warmly on your washing line.
7. Make sure your energy use is efficient. For instance, don’t run heaters with the windows open, as the heat is then lost. Please note that if the manufacturers instructions tell you to leave a window open, then do so, as this is normally for a good reason.
8. Try and shower rather than bath, as this uses less water, which in turn saves energy.
9. If you leave outside lights on for security reasons, make sure that they have a light sensor, so that they will automatically switch off when it gets light, preventing them from being left on all day accidentally.
10. In the kitchen, use a microwave oven rather than a stove where possible; don’t leave the refrigerator or deep freeze door open, and use a dishwasher if you can afford one. Apparently, dishwashers use less hot water than doing the dishes by hand, thus saving energy.
By saving these little bits of electricity we save ourselves money, we help the environment, and if we all work together on this, we can slow down global warming by reducing carbon emissions.

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electrical safety tip

Whether you rent or own your property, or live in a house, flat or bungalow, you can save money today by changing the way you use your lights and by fitting new energy-saving lights. Many homes today use a mixture of standard light fittings and halogen downlighters or spotlights (mainly in kitchens and bathrooms).

If you replace a traditional light bulb with a compact fluorescent bulb of the same brightness you will typically save around £3 per year, or £55 over the life of the bulb.
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Electrical precautions Safety tip by elion.co.in

If an appliance smokes or has an unusual smell, unplug it immediately and have it repaired. Replace frayed or cracked electrical cords and don’t overload extension cords. They should not be run under rugs. Never tamper with the fuse box or use the improper size fuse.
Morover,If you have halogen lights, make sure they are away from flammable drapes and low ceiling areas. Never leave them on when you leave your home or office.
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Electrical precautions Safety tip by elion.co.in

Cover unused outlets with safety plugs.
Ensure that all major electrical appliances are grounded.

Ensure that all electrical cords in the house are properly insulated (no broken or exposed wiring).
Check and remove other potential electrical fire hazards such as overloaded electrical sockets and electrical wires.
Position TVs, computers and stereo equipment against walls.

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