With summer fast approaching, and the temperatures rising, there are heaps more electrical risks coming their way which you should be aware of. Have a quick read through our list of electrical risks which are more prominent in the summer, that you can easily avoid.
Many of us use the summer months to take to the garden for a spot of gardening. You might not think it, but there are a few electrical risks to look out for when you’re tidying up your garden.
- When using your electrical plug-in appliances, like a lawnmower or hedge trimmer, you should have RCD protection. An RCD is a potentially life-saving device that protects against electric shock and reduces the risk of electrical fires.
- Make sure to store your electrical equipment in a dry place, and don’t forget to check for any water damage before switching your appliances on.
- Cut the grass, not the cable! When using electrical equipment, make sure you can see the cable at all times to avoid severing it, which would cause a high risk of electrocution.
- If a full garden makeover is on the cards, and you’ll be digging pretty deep, dont forget that there may well be electric, gas and water services buried below. Keep an eye out to make sure they don’t get damaged as you dig.
- Notice if any trees have branches approaching or among electrical lines. Do not attempt to trim branches near power lines yourself.
The risk of electric shock is higher when there’s water about, and with summer being the time for water fights, paddling pools and watering your garden, the risks most definitely increase.
- Do not handle any electrical appliances with wet hands, as water acts as a conductor and can produce a deadly shock.
- Make sure to keep cords and electrical devices away from pools, because again, this can cause electrocution.
And when it comes to keeping cool, there are a couple of things you’ll need to keep an eye on, to make sure no other electrical risks come about!
- Always register new fans with the manufacturer. That way, if there is a safety notice or a recall is required, you’ll be the first to know.
- Never leave your fan running overnight or when you’re out of the house. Although they’re used to cool you down, they can sometimes get a little too hot.
- Regularly check the plug and socket for burn marks, sounds of ‘arcing’ (buzzing or crackling), or if it feels too hot to touch.
- As your fan reaches a few years old, it may be worth investing in a new electric fan as older motors are more likely to overheat and could cause a fire.
- Extension cords are a major convenience for plugging in smaller appliances like lamps, but for more energy thirsty appliances like air con or fans, make sure to avoid using them. They could easily overheat.
And there you have it, plenty of ways to keep up with your electrical safe this summer, to avoid any unwanted accidents. Stay safe and enjoy your summer!