The moment experienced by the whole world with COVID-19 pandemic has fully changed the routine of adults and children. Millions of people are complying with the World Health Organization (WHO) - and local authorities - to stay at home and avoid moving at the streets as much as possible.
In this new scenario, in which most people are inside their houses, it is important to increase attention to prevent and avoid home accidents involving electric energy.
Due to this, we prepared a special content with the main guidance on how to use electric energy safely at home.
⦁ When plugging in an appliance, always hold the plug (rigid isolating piece), never the wire;
⦁ Never make rough-and-ready arrangements, such as stripping wires and plugging in them directly into the socket. When plugging in any appliance, never unplug safety;
⦁ Use sockets in compliance with the new Brazilian standard and the rules issued by Associação Brasileira de Normas Técnicas (Brazilian Association of Technical Standards - ABNT); such sockets have a cavity to avoid electric shocks;
⦁ For sockets at the floor level, accessible to children, use a socket cover.
⦁ Use an exclusive socket to the air conditioning equipment (never connect other appliances on the same socket);
⦁ Don't use T-benjamin adapters for equipment that stay constantly plugged in. This measure avoids overheating and short-circuits that may cause damage to your house's electric installation;
⦁ If you find parts of the equipment wire stripped or presenting improper isolation, call a technician. The purpose of the wire isolation is to contain electrical fields, allowing a solid wire grounding to increase safety, reduce the risk of shocks, short-circuits and fire outbreak.
Never change shower temperature when the equipment is turned on or wet. If an electric current leakage occurs, there is a great risk of shock, which may be lethal.
Install the grounding wire correctly, in compliance with the manufacturer's guidance.
Wiring must be adequate, well-installed and with good connections. Melted wire, light shocks and smoke smell indicate problems that must be promptly corrected.
Never reduce the size of resistances, nor reuse burnt resistances.
Never overcharge T-benjamin adapters with energy current above its capacity. This may cause overheat and trigger a fire outbreak.
Check the adapter's nominal current before plugging in objects. Most of them supports a 13-ampere (A) current, but some of them are classified as 10 A or less. Thus, do not plug in equipment that, together, will exceed the maximum current indicated.
Keep adapters and all electric devices away from liquids, as liquids are big electric energy conductors and thus make a very dangerous combination with adapters, with the potential to cause damage to the equipment, short-circuits and electric shocks.
Remember: T-benjamin adapters must not be used as a definitive arrangement, as this may overcharge the electrical installation of your house.
Always keep laptops over a smooth surface, such as a table or countertop. This ensures that your computer is in a position that will allow the full-capacity operation of the cooling system.
Use the power source indicated by the manufacturer. The use of a different source may cause serious problems such as the burning of the device battery or short-circuit.
If the connector is not adequate to your laptop, it is most likely that the source is not adequate to the voltage required for use, and this may cause an electric discharge.
Don't use the cell phone when charging.
Use original charger and wires. The different voltage and amperage settings among models may change for equipment of similar brands.
Unplug the charger and further electronic equipment when not charging.
Avoid charging in rainy weather or during storms.