THE DANGER OF ELECTRICITY IN THE HOME
A daily occurrences in many homes of hundreds of incidents Chile product of faulty wiring that could have ended in a catastrophe, as the total loss of the product housing of a fire, or worse, a fatal victim of electrocution product.
Electricity has many benefits, but also many associated risks that may end up in few minutes with all the goods that much sacrifice has cost us, not to mention the imminent danger that a loved one loses his life because of a measure that was not taken weather.
Although the SEC (Superintendency of Electricity and Fuels), conducts various activities and information campaigns to the public, in general there is little awareness about the issue, and this, little concern for homeowners to learn and ensure the good condition electricity from home.
To know the reality “on the ground” of many households in Chile, we talked with Jorge P. Niedbalski Electrical Technician Certificate, specialist with over 35 years experience in home electrical installations.
Niedbalski tells us “It’s very unusual to receive a call for preventive check electrical home network. Quite the contrary, the highest percentage of calls is an incident happened: as frequent cuts the main circuit, an expensive electronic device such as TV or computer “burned”, or that someone received a discharge. The so-called preventive virtually non-existent at the household level. ”
He continues: “People buy and buy electrical or electronic appliances guzzling and simply plug into the network and make them work together.”
Niedbalski tells us “This is a risk they assume virtually all families, regardless of their social class. One tends to think that only modest sectors do not care about the subject or do not invest for lack of money, but on the contrary, I have found homes accommodated with 2 to 3 electric heaters connected to the same network, or multiple guzzling appliances connected to an outlet (shoe). Even more serious the case of a family complaining about the power cuts, but which in turn had 3 air conditioning devices connected to the main power grid. ”
“Unfortunately when you recommended the expansion or installation of several exclusive power grids for such devices, the complaints are generally the same: That is very expensive; I will spoil has decoration; They look so ugly; That later I will see … etc. ”
The coach tells “Even though most devices clearly indicates electricity consumption, few homeowners know how to calculate the actual consumption of a household sector and simply end up being installed anywhere”.
“Moreover we have homes that your electrical system is made with a conductor (wire) which is lower section (amperage) to current consumed by the household, with the imminent risk of burning your home product overheated wires overlooked consumption. Nor is it surprising to find extensions, many of them very luxurious, connected with simple conventional wiring or extension cords electricity through “.
To prevent the occurrence of an unfortunate fact because facilities / faulty connections Niedbalski recommends:
Perform a preventive household electrical network inspection.
Perform a calculation to verify proper electricity consumption.
Install parallel circuits for high drain devices (air conditioning, heating, washing machine, dishwasher, etc.)
Indispensable install a ground connection bar “Copper” for the entire circuit.
You also need to consider installing “Tapacorrientes” if there are children.