7 Back-to-School Electrical Safety Tips for Your Home

As summer comes down to a close, it’s now time to prepare for yet another season: back-to-school. Aside from the all too familiar school supplies shopping, it’s also important to make your home free from electrical mishaps especially with your kids utilizing appliances. Start their school year safe through these electrical safety tips:

  • Make sure you have an uninterruptible power supply
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The country is prone to power failures. Owning a UPS system in the Philippines is just a proper investment and it can save your kids a ton of hassle.A UPS contains a battery that kicks in when the device senses a loss of power from your electronic device. Let’s say your kids are working on their homework and the power goes out, the uninterruptible power supply gives enough time to save any data and properly shut down the computer.

  • Replace worn-out extension cords
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We all have a habit of using electrical tapes to fix everything. Although it’s beneficial to some extent, there comes a time when these are not enough to secure those faulty wirings. The proper use of extension cords is crucial in keeping your home safe.It’s better to buy new ones than risk your house to a fire hazard!

  • Keep flammable materials away from sources of heat
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Back-to-school can also be a time to rummage through your stuff and sort them out. If your papers, books, boxes, and clothes are near your stoves and toasters, move them away from these appliances immediately.  Also, keep in mind that the heat from other devices like laptop chargers can also start a fire if left in contact with flammable materials for too long.

  • Do not overload outlets and circuits
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There’s a certain wattage limit for outlets and circuits. Some recommend that each outlet should not exceed 1,500 watts. Never plug more than two appliances into an outlet at once or “piggyback” extra appliances on extension cords or wall outlets. Use only outlets designed to handle multiple plugs.

  • Plug heavy-duty appliances directly into outlets
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Major appliances in the Philippines like refrigerators, dryers, stoves, air conditioners and washing machines among many others should be plugged directly into their own wall outlet since they consume a massive amount of energy. Electrical overload can occur if they are plugged into extension cords or uninterruptible power supplies.

  • Unplug appliances when not in use
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Tuition fees, allowance, books, and many other school-related fees bring about a financial crunch. One way to cut back costs do is to teach your kids to unplug unused electronics. By unplugging even just some of these items when they’re not being used, you reduce your wasted energy significantly.

  • When unplugging cords, hold it by its base
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Always pull the plug by tugging by the base and not by a cord. If you pull it by the cord, you might destroy it and pull the cord out of the plug. Also, never let your kids handle the plug with wet hands! This can cause an electric shock.

These tips, when implemented, can save you money and avoid fatalities. When it comes to protecting your small appliances like computers, an uninterruptible power supply in every Philippine household is vital especially when preparing your children for school works. It always pays to make sure that they are living and working in a safe space.

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