There has been much development in technology in recent years with computers, cell phones, laptops everywhere and many types of electrical equipments in the home and office. Because of so many electrical devices, the need for electrical safety is generally ignored by us. We also do not train our kids on how to use electrical products, such as video games, safely. A large number of people die every year due to electrocution because of accidents that happen in or near their homes. Large numbers of people get injured in house fires that occur due to various electrical causes.

Faulty wiring is an electrical hazard which causes fire and is a serious cause of death and injury. Protecting yourselves and your children involves many ways. Many courses are specially designed to produce electrical safety tips. Additionally, some courses provide in depth training for non-electricians who work around electricity. However, experts always advice hiring electricians, who know the correct codes to do any rewiring that might be needed, rather than suffering the physical consequences of an electrical accident.  Handling wiring and rewiring is known by the professional.

There is a small current of energy or charge in our body, and when other sources of energy find our bodies to be an easier path to the ground, it will pass through us. If the source is not removed quickly enough, this can cause extreme damage and even death. We should handle sources of electricity with extreme caution.

All electrical devices should be kept at places where children might not be able to go to them. You should make sure that you have the proper tools for the job. Do not use anything for any job. All the circuits should be grounded. Circuits should not be overloaded by using too many cords in one outlet. Tools should be kept dry and clean and away from intense heat, oil, gas and other dangerous substances. Cords, while in use, should be maintained properly. You should follow all the rules and procedures when working in electrical equipments.

You should refrain from touching someone who has been electrocuted. You should use wood or a piece of rope for handling the electrocuted person.

In case of a power outage, check that a circuit may have been inadvertently tripped or turned off. You should stand in dry places when resetting fuses.

Electrical safety should be the top priority, when children are present, when we are, camping and especially when we are at home working with power tools or appliances of any kind. There are many things that we can do to prevent the hundreds of deaths every year that occur because of either electrocution or fire due to poor wiring or other preventable situation.

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