Common Electrical System Mistakes And How To Prevent Them

Common Electrical System Mistakes And How To Prevent Them

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It is crucial to have proper electrical connections in your home, office or places of business since failures or faults in the system pose a serious risk in terms of fire damage, electrocution and short circuits. Whether you are working in the electrical industry or tackling your own project, there are some common mistakes that need to be avoided. The consequences of improper wiring and other mistakes are possibly catastrophic, not just inconvenient.

Here are the top issues to watch for, and solutions for fixing them:

Wiring outside of electrical boxes

The main use of electrical boxes includes protecting wire connections against any accidental damage and also preventing electrical fire hazards by containing sparks and heat from loose connections and short circuits. Connecting these wires through an electrical junction box is essential for safeguarding them as well as property and people.

Using a “Too-Small” electrical box

If you are not using the right-sizes junction box, the wires inside it will be stuffed all together and also the box will be over-filled. When wiring is tightly crammed into a small box or space, the risk of short circuits is greater. This might be a potential fire hazard, which is why you should follow the minimum box sizes that are specified by the National Electrical Code.

Wires cut too short

If you cut the wiring too short, making some proper connections becomes more difficult and this poses a tremendous risk. Poor connections can cause overheating, short circuits and other electrical faults. It is safer to leave wires protruding about 3 inches or so from the box, which lets you easily move the wires around while making connections.

Unsecured cables and wires

When you are installing wires and cables secure them with a clamp to prevent strained connections and damage. Clamp selection depends on the type of electrical box you are using. Built-in cable clamps are not required for single plastic boxes, but cables should be stapled within 8 inches of the box. Internal clamps are needed for larger plastic boxes, and you’re required to staple cables within 12 inches of it. Use approved cable clamps for metal junction boxes, since wiring can be damaged by the sharp edges of the box.

Unsupported switches and outlets

Unsupported switches and outlets or loosely connected wires are a potential safety hazard, in addition to looking sloppy. They can move around or get pulled during use, damaging the connection between wires and terminals in them. As a result, the danger of arcing and overheating is higher, which can lead to fires and short circuits.

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The Importance of Smoke Alarms

The Importance of Smoke Alarms

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Smoke alarms are a life-saving device that is often neglected. Many homes have at least one smoke alarm but they forget to replace the batteries yearly and test it periodically. This device can only save lives if it’s properly maintained and in good working condition.

This article will emphasise how important it is to have at least one smoke alarm on each floor of your home.

Buy smoke alarms

Experts report that the consumers may cut their risk of dying in a home fire in half by having a smoke alarm installed. These smoke alarms are available at nearly all departments stores, hardware and discount stores for under £10. The peace of mind you will have from knowing that you and your family is safe and secure is worth the investment.

Safety in numbers

It’s important to install at least one smoke alarm on each floor of your residence and outside all the sleeping areas. Other fire safety advocates recommend installing smoke alarms inside each sleeping area if they are sleeping with the door closed.

Keep your alarms working properly

Maintain and test your smoke alarms at least once a month or just follow the manufacturer’s instructions. These alarms most often fail because of dead, missing or disconnected batteries. It’s important to change the batteries once a year and test it by simply pushing a button and listen to hear the beep.

Practice a fire escape plan

In addition to installing smoke alarms in your home, it’s also crucial to develop a fire escape plan and practice it at least twice a year with all the members of your family or household. Every family member should know at least two ways to escape each room in case there’s a fire. Stay as close to the floor as possible since smoke and hot air rises rapidly making the floor the safest place to breathe. When you encounter a closed door during your escape, feel the door before opening it. If it is too hot to touch, use another emergency exit. It’s also very important to teach your children on how to get out in case of fire, not just hide under a bed or inside a closet.

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