Electricity is used across the globe to supply power to equipment and machinery as well as big and small household appliances. It is currently the world’s number one source of power and all of us rely on it for our day to day living.
However, there are still places, mostly in very remote areas, that are still not reached by electricity. Either this or people prefer not to use electricity for various reasons, such as fear of causing a fire or being electrocuted.
In normal situations, we cannot see and hear electricity. Most of the time, this only happens when a high amount of voltage is present or a foreign object came in contact with it, so it produces a large spark or a huge flare of lights accompanied by a loud buzzing sound.
When this occurs, there can possibly be a huge amount of damage either to property or to people. To avoid accidents, here are three simple safety practices but can save lives and prevent damage to properties when dealing with electricity.
Practice using the right hand when touching or holding electrical wires or plugs
We hold electrical wires or plugs of appliances without thinking about possibilities of being electrocuted. Our left hand has the veins that are directly connected to our heart, and electricity travels faster through our veins.
In short, when accidents happen that involves us getting in contact with an excessive amount of electricity, our veins serve as the bridge for the electric flow. It is always safe to use our right hand so that in case we get electrocuted, excessive electricity will not directly reach the heart and severe damage can be avoided.
Always make sure your hands are dry before touching or holding any electrical
Fatal accidents that involve washing machines were reported not just a few forgettable times. This is another practice that we usually take for granted, too. We should always bear in mind that the best conductor of electricity is water. That means electricity easily spreads in an instant through water or things that are wet.
Although a washing machine is made for washing clothes and is naturally wet the whole time during its operation, there are specific parts of it that should not be submerged in water. And of course, we should always remember to wipe our hands dry before plugging the cord into a power outlet.
Electrical devices should be turned off during a thunderstorm
This may sound very old school to the point that it seems to be a myth already, but this is a hundred percent true. It is definitely recommended to switch off electrical devices during a thunderstorm since a single shot of lightning produces an extremely high voltage of electricity.
During a thunderstorm, lightning can strike an electrical pole and travel to your household through its wires, and if you happen to be watching your favorite show on TV and is unluckily situated near the appliance, it can get you electrocuted, which is what happened to me. It’s better to be safe than sorry. Turn off all electrical appliances and let the thunderstorm pass before turning them on again.