Electrical safety in residential units
The Housing Development Board (HDB) and the Energy Market Authority released a statement emphasizing the importance of electrical safety in residential units. Effective July 1 this year, it is now mandatory for all residential units constructed before 1985, including government HDB flats, private landed houses, and apartments, to install Residual Current Circuit Breakers (RCCBs). These RCCBs play a crucial role in ensuring the safety of household appliances.
In our modern society, electrical appliances have become integral to our daily lives, ranging from air conditioners, water heaters, and washing machines to mobile phones. However, it is crucial to prioritize the safe use of electricity. Improper handling of electrical appliances or ageing wiring within homes can lead to electric shock injuries. Here are some important electrical safety tips to consider:
1. Regularly check the operation of the leakage circuit breaker:
An earth leakage circuit breaker is a safety device that automatically cuts off the power supply when it detects electrical leakage in the home, preventing the risk of electrocution and injuries. To ensure your and your family’s safety, secure your home. Has an earth leakage circuit breaker installed and test it once a month. Locate the leakage circuit breaker in the distribution box, press the “TEST” button, and verify if the power supply at home has been successfully cut off.
2. Engage licensed electricians for electrical work:
When it comes to any electrical installation, maintenance, or repair work, hiring only licensed electricians authorized by the Energy Market Authority is crucial. Ensure they are licensed before allowing anyone into your home for electrical work. You can verify their license visiting https://www.ema.gov.sg/Electrical_Safety.aspx for inquiries.
3. Ensure separation of water and electricity:
Avoid using electrical appliances near water or with wet hands. Additionally, refrain from touching open electrical outlets or switches with wet hands, as it can lead to electrical leakage and potentially fatal electric shocks.
4. Avoid overloading electrical outlets:
Overloading electrical outlets pose significant risks, including overheating and fire hazards. Avoid plugging multiple devices into the same socket, and refrain from using damaged electrical outlets or extension cords.
5. Check the ground wire (Earth wire):
An ungrounded plug can result in electric shocks in the event of equipment malfunction or a short circuit. Follow these safety precautions related to electric wires:
– Replace broken wires: Do not attempt to mend them with insulating tape, as it may eventually peel off and expose the wires. Contact a licensed electrician to replace the damaged wire.
– Avoid pulling wires around sharp corners: Pulling wires around sharp corners can cause damage to the insulation, exposing the inner layer and creating hazards.
– Properly store cords: Turn off appliances when not in use and store cords carefully to prevent damage.
Adhering to these electrical safety guidelines can create a safer environment for you and your family while utilizing electrical appliances.