Electrical DIY – Be safe during lockdown!

Don’t do it, DIY guy! Electricity is not a plaything.

IT is helpful to have someone in the house who is good with their hands to fix door handles, change light bulbs, stop taps leaking. But whatever you do, do not let your resident hand worker fix anything more than that bulb. Anything else electrical should be a no-no, according to Eskom. In a media release, Eskom said now that the whole country is in lockdown and people are at home with little to do, the temptation might just be to start fixing everything that has needed fixing for so long. This is admirable and useful, says Miranda Moahlodi, senior manager (occupational health and safety) at Eskom, but it can be dangerous when it comes to fiddling with electricity. “Changin a light bulb is okay. Just remember that you should always switch off the electricity before attempting any repairs. Yet is best to call in a trained electrician, someone who knows what they are doing and will be careful around electricity.

In serious cases call Eskom at 08600 37566 or contact your municipality.” Moahlodi says, however, that during lockdown it might be a good idea to do some basic checks: are all electric cords good order, and are connections between cords and plugs safe and secure? And Make sure that not too many extensions cords are used or too many appliances are plugged in and used at the same time.

“In generalm look for faulty plugs and switches, old applicances, faulty light fixtures, damaged or exposed wiring. Also be on the lockout for – but do not try to rectify – illegal connections.” “They are dangerous,” said Moahlodi, “as they are too often exposed. Again, call Eskom.”

It is a good time to warn children about the dangers of electricity. And keep in mind: water and electricity do not mix as water conducts electricty and can cause injury or death.

Supplied – Natal Witness

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