We all enjoy DIY home improvement projects, but not everyone is aware that electrical safety is important. One minor mistake can lead to a painful, and potentially deadly experience. Remember always to read the user manuals of any power tool, but be sure to read our electrical tips for an extra layer of safety.
1. Power tools with removable switches
Power tools should never be left in the reach of children, but children are curious, and they always seem to find what you are hiding from them.
Buy tools which have the option of removing switches, or better yet, buy tools which come with padlocks – this way your child will be safe even if he/she manages to find your hidden power tools.
2. Buy a Residual Current Device
If you want to prevent electric shocks which happen due to a faulty extension power cord, opt in for a Residual Current Device. This is an easy-to-use device which is plugged into a socket before the power cord – this way the user is completely protected. The best thing is that you can buy a Residual Current Device without spending too much money.
3. Take care of the power cords
Never walk on power cords, and never coil them up very tightly! If you step on a power cord or you coil it up tight, the wires inside get damaged, and most of the electric accidents happen due to faulty wiring. Always remember to store your tools properly and to take good care of the power cords.
4. Invest in a fire extinguisher
If you enjoy DIY home improvement projects, you should have at least one fire extinguisher in your home. Teach your family members how to use the extinguisher, and make sure to test and service it regularly. You might never have a reason to use it, but if something happens – you will be glad that you have it.
5. But an Electronic Pipe and Cable Detector
Some of the DIY home improvement projects require you to drill holes, but not many of them mention the risks of drilling holes in a wall. If you want to prevent accidents that happen when a cable or a pipe is drilled.
Invest some money into an Electronic Pipe and Cable Detector – they are not expensive, but they are worth every penny.