From the latest cellphones to the air-conditioning that keeps us cool, electricity powers our everyday lives and is something we can’t imagine doing without.
Yet, we sometimes forget about the safety aspects of using electricity. Here are some easy steps to follow:
Check Your Residual Current Circuit Breaker Regularly
The Residual Current Circuit Breaker (RCCB) is a safety device found in the electrical distribution board box of residential premises and buildings. The RCCB helps prevent electric shocks by cutting off electricity supply immediately upon detecting any current leakage in an electrical circuit. For your safety, do ensure that an RCCB is installed in your premises, and test it once a month to check that it is in good working condition. Do this by pressing the test button to see that all power supply is cut off.
Engage Only a Licensed Electrical Worker (LEW)
Engage only licensed electrical workers to carry out any electrical installation, maintenance and repair work. These include new wiring, rewiring and extensions which have to also be tested by an authorised officer from SP Services Ltd before supply is turned on. Always verify whether the person you engage is an EMA-licensed worker before allowing the person to carry out any electrical work in your premises. You can do so by calling 6835 8075 or check online at https://elise.ema.gov.sg.
Keep Electricity and Water Apart!
Do not use electrical appliances near water or with wet hands, or touch an open electrical outlet or electrical switch with wet hands. This can lead to current leakage and potentially fatal electric shocks.
Do Not Overload Power Points
Overloading power points is dangerous as it may lead to over-heating and fire. So do not 'piggy back' multiple plugs into one socket by using double adaptors. It is also important not to use cracked or broken power points/ extension socket outlets. Replace damaged power points/ sockets immediately with the help of a licensed electrical worker to prevent current leakage.
Check the Earth Wire
An unearthed plug can cause electric shock when there is a short circuit in an appliance. Take the following precautions with electrical cords:
- Replace electrical cords with broken or frayed insulation
Do not join cut or frayed electrical cords together with insulation tape as this may peel off after awhile and leave wires exposed. Get a licensed electrical worker to replace the cord with a new one instead.
- Do not run wires around sharp edges
Running wires around sharp edges can cut their insulation and expose live wires which are dangerous.
- Store electrical cords securely
When electrical appliances are not in use, switch them off and store the electrical cord carefully to avoid damage.
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