18 Aug How To Maintain Computer Electrical Safety in Your home
These days, computers exist in our homes in one form or another. In most instances, these complex devices are expensive and if they get damaged in any way that can make you feel frustrated and getting them fixed can be an expensive proposition. Computers require electricity to function and even devices such as laptops, iPads and other tablets that operate on batteries have to be charged at one or the other time. Improper function and use can result in major electrical-related damage to your expensive equipment. Here are a few tips to maintain computer electrical safety in your home:
#1 An extension cord isn’t a permanent alternative
In one of our past blogs we have discussed in a detailed manner about the proper use of extension cords. But this is especially true in the case of computers. An extension cord isn’t a permanent solution when it comes to using your computer a distance way from a wall electrical socket. An extension cord hinders surge protection and makes the PC vulnerable to electrical shocks that can damage its intricate and complex computer hardware.
#2 Use all prongs on your computer’s power cord
Often times, power cords of desktop and laptop computers have three prongs. But when a 3-pronged outlet isn’t available, many people tend to fit these cords into a two-prong socket. Some cords have a button prong which is actually the grounding cable; it provides protection from electrical currents that can get transmitted into the metal casing of appliances and computers. If these grounding prongs are connected incorrectly, you risk the chance of a severe electrical shock.
#3 Use a GCFI outlet
Electricity is needed to power computer hardware; but an electrical surge can damage the internal components. When you use a GFCI outlet, it helps protect your electrical devices like computers from power surges. In case of an electrical storm, or an electrical surge due to a problem in the electrical system, you can rest easy knowing that it won’t affect your devices.
#4 Use an efficient and appropriate surge protector
If you have a home office that has a computer and other peripherals, it’s highly recommended that you get a surge protector installed. This device will shut down the electrical current in that circuit and protect your electrical devices. Make it a point to know what load the devices you are using have, and check whether the ratings on the surge protector and the electrical circuit are compatible for that load. If not, you may notice that the breaker or the surge protector is tipping constantly.
If you are installing a home office and getting a larger number of computers and related devices such as scanners, printers etc. it’s a good idea to call experts like the ones at AllRound Electricals to inspect the electrical wiring and installations in the space. Our experts will identify whether the system has the capacity to bear the load of those systems; and we can also install GFCI outlets as required. We will provide you all the information you need about the different types of products available and will use the best quality products, materials, fixtures and workmanship to ensure that the electrical installations are of high quality and will provide years of trouble-free service.
For any questions about any of our electrical services, you can consult with our experts and they will provide you the best advice and quotes for all your electrical installation needs. You can call us at 1300 169 263 or write to us at this email address and we will call back shortly.
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