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Dealing with Electrical Faults

plugMost modern homes rely on electrical energy to power the various gadgets that are essential for our lives. The oven, kettle, water heater, air conditioner, doorbell, electronic gadgets, and TVs are all often powered by electricity. While this is very convenient, any electrical fault can lead to a host of problems – from damage to the gadget, a small fire, or even danger to people.

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In order to prevent damage caused by electrical faults it is essential to ensure that all the wiring in the home is up to code. Before moving into a new home, it is better to get the electrical wiring checked by a qualified electrician. They will ensure that all the power points that supply electricity to heavy equipment such as air conditioners have separate switches and are earthed to protect the equipment and the user from sudden voltage surges.

Knowing Where Your Electrical Panel is Located

Since electricity can cause harm to people who touch uncovered wires, it is always safer to switch off power supply or disconnect devices and gadgets that run on electricity before examining them. Additionally, you should be aware of where the main switch or the electrical panel for the electrical supply to the house is located and be willing to switch it off if one suspects a problem.

One way of protecting people and equipment from electrical damage is to call a trained electrician to identify and fix problems in the power supply if particular equipment causes the power to trip frequently.

The Right Amount of Power

In order to reduce electrical faults it is advisable to not overload a power point by connecting many devices to it. For instance, using a power strip to draw power from a single power point for multiple devices and gadgets that require a lot of power can lead to an overload and tripping. Appliances such as air conditioners, washing machines, and dish washers should be connected only to special power points that can supply the required power.