Electricity is both a blessing and a curse. The blessing side is all the hundred and one things that we can do courtesy of electricity. Despite the numerous blessings, the daily usage of electricity can turn fatal in some situations.
Here are some of the electrical emergencies at home and how to prepare for them.
These are caused by various factors. There could be a fault in the transmission line, a storm causing trees to fall on the transmission lines among other things.
What to do in case of an outage
- In case of an outage, among the things one should have include: a torch and a battery operated radio with easy access.
- All heating and cooling appliances should be turned off too. The electronic appliances should also be turned off and unplugged from the socket.
- One should also have alternative sources of heating and cooking such as gas. It is also important to ensure that the gas appliances are in good working conditions.
- Having a battery powered radio will ensure you keep yourself abreast of any notices like evacuation in case of storms or when the power outage will be resolved.
- One should also have a list of important contacts which can be easily found during this circumstance. This is when the role of Emergency Electricians comes into play.
These electric shocks do not kill the victim immediately. The shocks may stop the heart, cause burns, forcefully contract muscles hence paralyzing the breathing process.
What to do in case of an electric shock at home
One should be sure that it is safe to switch off the power and also unplug the appliance without risking being electrocuted themselves. If not sure of the safety it is important to use a wooden rod or dry cloth to free the shock victim. From then you can seek emergency medical help.
Safety precautions to take before electric shocks occur
- Installation of a safety switch helps to monitor the electricity flow in your home through a circuit. The circuit breaks the power supply in case more current is being passed at once which is more than the prescribed limits.
- Look out for faulty wiring, faulty appliances and have them repaired for your own safety.
- In order to be sure that all members of your family are aware of electrical emergencies at home, it will be easier to take first aid classes. There are many short courses one can take their family to so that they are aware of what to do should such things arise.