Before you make any electrical upgrades, you want to make sure that you are well aware of basic electrical safety.
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Electrical Upgrades: What You Must Know First
Electricity is very much a convenience of modern living; however, if you’re not careful instead of being a convenience, it could harm you or someone who love as well as cause damage to your home. Electricity is either dynamic or static. Static energy is usually found on surfaces or generated by contact. Think when a cat rubs against your legs, that is an example of static electricity. Except in extreme and very rare cases, static electricity doesn’t pose any serious risks. Dynamic energy, however, can be dangerous if not handled correctly. Dynamic energy is the energy that is present in the wiring of your home.
Any electrical upgrades should be made with the help of an electrician. Why? Well, all forms of electricity have potential for accidents. Almost every form of metal can conduct electricity, and it doesn’t have to be in the form of wiring. That includes rings and other jewelry, some eyeglass frames, even things that you wouldn’t think of such as your car or house keys. It isn’t just metal that conducts electricity, though.
Water and Electricity Don’t Mix
One place that a lot of people don’t think about where electrical safety is concerned is a swimming pool. If you have a cracked light, you could end up having a severe electrical injury and it could even be fatal. Why? Well, Another excellent conductor of electricity is the human body, probably because the human body is mostly water. Without a continuous path to and from the conductor, electric current can’t exist. An electrical circuit is the the two way path from the conductor back to the power source. If you become part of an electrical circuit, you have a good chance of being injured. And it isn’t a matter of letting go. Someone trapped in an electrical circuit is literally locked until someone that’s grounded properly removes the victim to safety. Our next article will cover electrical injury, for now though, be aware that electricity can be dangerous without an electrician to help.
So remember, safety always starts with you. Make sure you know what you’re doing before you try to do any sort of electrical upgrades, or call in an electrician early on.