Electrical Safety Strategies to Follow When Doing Home Remodeling
Like other things in our life, our houses also require renovation from time to time. Sometimes, urgent needs arise which demands remodeling certain portions of the house according to our needs. Whether you want a large scale or small-scale renovation, you must do some solid planning before starting it.
When it comes to planning, most people get excited about beautiful color schemes, windows, curtains, new furniture or repolishing of old furniture etc. But they often neglect the most critical aspect of the renovation, which is electrical safety. Any renovation that would kick off without any planning about electrical safety might result in a disastrous event.
This article is aiming to highlight some basic Electrical safety tips which people should have to consider while doing house remodeling.
Make Sure Detection Equipment like the Home’s Surge Protector is in Good Condition
Before starting any renovation, make sure that electricity sensing equipment like your home’s Surge Protector, Circuit breaker etc. are all in good condition. If there is a fuse melted or worn out, or a circuit breaker that keeps tripping, instantly replace it with a new one. If this equipment is in good working condition, it can protect you from electrical shocks or voltage leakage, in case you touch some old bare wire.
Never Compromise the Integrity of a Home’s Household Electrical System
What kind of renovation work you intended to do, make sure that the Electrical system of the house remains intact. For remodeling projects like the kitchen, the den, and the master bathroom etc use circuit breakers to cut down the electrical supply of that portion of the home. For bigger renovation projects, make sure that electrical power load management remains in control.
Be Aware of Your Limits
Small scale remodeling projects, and minor works like changing electrical bulbs, old fuses or circuit breakers, battery-operated smoke detectors come under DIY work, and a person with average knowledge of electrical appliances can do that. But for larger projects or installing, repairing electrical appliances, always hire an electrical professional.
Installation of New Power Outlets
Big families always have higher electrical power demands as compared to an average or small family. Kids need outlets to watch TV, play video games while elders need outlets to charge their laptops, mobile phones, using printer fax machines etc for office work. The number of electrical appliances is also greater as compared to other families. To meet the daily needs, they require the installation of extra outlets in the house. Due to high electricity voltage drop out, chances of surges also increase, that’s why the installation of whole home surge protector is necessary. This work is quite delicate and dangerous, and an electrical professional should be hired for this job every time.
Get Rid of the Old Coaxial Wires and Outlets
In most countries, electrical wiring is kept underground to prevent damage to wires. While renovating, it is advisable to change the damaged, old worn-out portion of electrical wires. In this way, chances of electrical damage or surge protection issues can be minimized.
Similarly, outlets get worn out with time and start to become problematic eventually. In case of any surge or intense voltage flow, outlets will melt due to heat and appliances can malfunction or get ruined. That’s why old outlets should be replaced with new ones while renovation is being completed
Use GFCIs at Places Where Chances of Appliances Coming in Contact with Moisture is High
GFCIs (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters) are specially designed electrical instruments that are capable of disconnecting power as soon as the appliance encounter moisture. Their installation in outlets of areas like Bathroom, Kitchen, Swimming Pools and Basement is necessary. Similarly, make sure to install GFCI outlets outdoor so chances of short circuits can be prevented in the rainy season.