Electricity is an integral part of our lives, powering our lights, appliances and gadgets. We use it so often and so mindlessly that many of us have forgotten its dangers.
Direct contact with electricity can cause shocks and burns, while faulty wiring and malfunctioning electrical appliances can cause fires. The Electrical Safety Council estimates that household electrical accidents, including electrocutions and fires, cause 70 deaths and 350,000 injuries in the UK each year. Electricity is behind 20,000 home fires annually, with electric cooking and laundry appliances the biggest culprits.
Educating yourself about electricity and its hazards and taking a few precautions can prevent nearly all electrical accidents in the home. The following electrical safety tips will keep your family and house safe from mishaps and tragedies.
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