The other day, I had a vivid memory flashback about a scary incident when I ended up in the hospital due to an electrical hazard. It felt like one moment I was in my living room, and the next, I was waking up in a hospital bed.

It happened right after lunch. I got an electrical shock while trying to fix an electrical issue with my laptop still plugged in. It felt as if someone had grabbed my head and zapped me with electricity from the inside out! This incident taught me a valuable lesson about the dangers of electricity, which I want to share with you.

Electricity is all around us, in our homes and workplaces. It powers everything from light bulbs to computers to medical equipment. However, it’s also important to be aware of the potential dangers. Here are five ways to avoid electrical hazards:

1. Unplug Appliances When Not in Use: Not only does unplugging save on energy costs, but it also protects your equipment from power surges and other electrical accidents.

2. Keep Electrical Equipment Away from Wet Areas: Keep liquids away from electrical devices and power sources. Install ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) to prevent shocks, ground faults, fires, overheating, and insulation damage.

3. Avoid Running Cords Under Carpets, Rugs, Doors, or Windows: Exposed cords can trip you up and pose electrical hazards. Cords under rugs can also pose fire risks. If you need more outlets, consult an electrician to install them in convenient locations.

4. Don’t DIY Electrical Repairs: DIY fixes can make problems worse. Call a certified electrician if your lights flicker, circuits trip frequently, or you see sparks or smell burning. These signs indicate serious issues that need professional attention.

5. Replace Damaged Extension Cords: Use the right extension cords and replace them when they show signs of wear. Buying new cords instead of repairing damaged ones helps prevent fires, surges, and sparks.

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