Electrical Safety Tips For Apartments
Power Play – Mastering Electrical Reliability
Aartments are more popular than houses these days because of the security, and significant impact on your lifestyle. Apartments use various electrical systems such as lifts, common area lighting, water pumps, inverters, DG sets, and STP plants. The individuals living in the apartment may be exposed to electrical hazards, including electric shock, arc blasts, electrocutions, short circuits, and explosions. These hazards potentially result from faulty electrical equipment, instrumentation, wiring, or unsafe work practices. Thus, electrical safety and reliability in apartments play a vital role in providing uninterrupted operations and avoiding faults.
Apartments using sensitive equipment are highly dependent on electricity. It is the most useful and imperative in today’s life. At the flick of a switch, it provides lighting, heating hot water and will operate a full range of domestic appliances. The benefits of electricity are inexplicable.
This article will guide you with 5 tips to ensure electrical safety in apartment complexes
1. Ensure Safe Earthing System
Ensure all the fittings, socket outlets, switches, and equipment are fixed properly. Make a note of existing electrical fittings and components that need to be replaced. For the electrical network to work seamlessly, the earthing systems should work glitch-free for uninterrupted operations.
2. Ensure Safe and Reliable Electrical Systems
Modern technology evolves rapidly, and so do electrical systems. However, the electrical panels used by buildings may remain the same for decades without replacement, and they deteriorate over time. Outdated panels often lead to electrical faults such as tripping and fire. Hence regular inspection and replacement of these electrical panels will avoid faults.
3. Ensure Proper Space Around Your Equipment to Avoid Overheating
Electrical equipment that doesn’t have proper air circulation can eventually overheat, short out, and turn into an electrical fire hazard. You must ensure that all appliances have adequate air circulation. Also, avoid running electrical equipment enclosed in cabinets. Store flammable objects away from all electronic machines to achieve the best electrical safety. They must be at least a foot from the wall to function safely.
4. Ensure Safety from Fire Hazards
Fire hazards are caused when electricity passes through a resistance path and heat is generated. This may be within the equipment or the wiring. In many cases, this excess current flow will have been caused by either an electrical overload or a fault condition. In a correctly designed system, protective measures such as fuses or circuit breakers detect this excess current flow and interrupt the circuit automatically, thus stopping the current flow and preventing danger.
5. Ensure Equipment Maintenance
Equipment with damaged electrical cords, ground connections etc., should be repaired by qualified personnel or replaced immediately.