30 Jul Safety first when working from home
Working from home, a key subject within the world over the last 20months. We created a survey through LinkedIn asking the audience of the Property and Construction industry ‘Will you be returning to the office or make a regular habit working from home moving forward?’
20% Stated they will be working from home full time from now on, 47% likes the flexibility with half and half office and home environment and 34% stated to be back in the office full time.
As you can see from these statistics, there are a real mix of emotions on this subject matter and with cases still rising even with the global initiation of the COVID19 Vaccine and workplaces have had to adapt to become more flexible with the option to work from home on occasion and will continue this into the near future.
Not everyone had a work from home space/ office set up before the pandemic hit and there were several make-shift options through households all over social media. Electrical safety at home is key and if you intend to keep using a working from home space then please educate yourselves on our 5 top tips to keep your home safe…
- Use the right power for the right device – this can be anything from the current bulbs and wattage to household appliances. A laptop requires the correct charger connection from the same brand for example.
- Did you know that extension cords can deteriorate? – Maintaining and looking after your extension cords is key whilst also storing them out of reach to avoid trips and falls too. There main purpose is to supply an electric supply on a temporary basis as a ‘makeshift’ outlet so try to avoid permanent use of an extension cord. If you require any further outlets, then try and contact a local electrician for a quote to install another socket – we can guarantee it won’t cost much in the long run and be a lot safer in use.
- Don’t overuse a single outlet – the flow of too much current will lead to overheating of the wires and other components of the outlet. Following this also be sure to keep appropriate scope or air ventilation so heat from devices, for example computers, can pass freely.
- Keep unused devices unplugged – this can be anything from a plug-in air freshener, chargers or even an unused TV. It will help the power draining and keep other electrical items protected from unwanted power surge related damage. Whilst unplugging these items, also complete a quick inspection of the cords and plugs for any defects on a regular basis before storing these away.
- Cable management – When you have a home office with a full computer set up, charger, camera, printer and more, there can be cables everywhere. Tangled wires can be very dangerous if all the wear and tear from friction for example can damager the protective layers and expose a live wire. A safe investment would be to look into cable management kits which may include storage boxes, cable clips, holders or sleeves.
Just remember you employer implement pat testing on a yearly basis which is used to complete testing in your work environment, so it is essential you follow these elements at home too. Electrical safety is crucial so get wired and take these 5 top tips on board.
In the wise words of Socrates ‘I cannot teach anybody anything I can only make them think’