why its crucial to ground electrical systems

3 April WHY IT’S CRUCIAL TO GROUND ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS

People have made some very amazing discoveries in the electrical industry, and one particularly useful innovation was the implementation of grounding electrical currents. Electricity has given us many opportunities, but it is among the most dangerous elements that are easily accessible in our everyday lives.

All your electrical systems must be grounded, if not, you’re putting your family as well as yourself at risk. Within an electrical circuit, there’s a component known as a live wire that provides electricity, and a neutral wire that carries the current back. In the breaker box, an extra’ grounding cable’ should be linked to outlets as well as other electrical equipment and firmly fixed to the ground.

A ground wire provides an alternative way to return electrical current back to the ground safely in case of a short circuit. When a short circuit occurs, the current passes via the grounded wire, triggering a tripped circuit breaker/blown fuse – a scenario that’s much better than the deadly shock that might happen if the current were not grounded.

Importance of Grounding Electrical Systems

1. Protection from Electrical Overloads

One of the critical reasons for grounded electrical currents is that it safeguards your devices, your house, and everything in it from electrical shocks. If lightning was to hit your location, it generates incredibly high voltages of electricity inside your property’s electrical circuitry. When your electrical network is grounded, the excess energy will flow into the earth and prevent it from damaging anything that’s connected to the system.

2. Earth Is the Perfect Conductor

Another reason grounding works to keep you safe is that the earth is such a perfect conductor. The excess energy can still follow a course of least resistance. When you ground your electrical devices, you’re giving it the electric current someplace to go other than you, potentially saving your life.

3. Stabilises Voltage Levels

A grounded electrical network makes it easy to deliver the perfect amount of electricity to all the right locations and plays a significant role in ensuring circuits are not overwhelmed and destroyed. The ground provides a common starting point for an electric system’s numerous voltage sources.

4. Helps Channel Electricity

With your electrical network grounded, it is quite easy to direct electricity to almost anywhere you need it, allowing electrical currents to pass quickly and effectively across your electrical system.

5. Prevents Damage, Injuries, and Deaths

Without properly grounding your electrical system, you risk frying all appliances and devices connected beyond repair. In the worst-case situation, a power surge may also cause a fire, resulting not only in significant property and data damage but physical harm as well.

How to Determine Whether the Current Is Grounded?

Typically, you can determine whether the electrical network is grounded by examining your electrical outlets. When they support three-pronged connectors, the device will have three cables, of which one is a grounding cable.

Likewise, an appliance that’s designed to be grounded has a three-wire cable and a three-pronged socket. The third wire and prong provide a ground connection between the appliance’s metal frame and the grounding of the wiring network.

Safety Tips

  • When working with devices, avoid touching an appliance if the insulation of the cord has started to wear away when it meets the frame. In such cases, the connection between the metal current conductor and the metal frame could make the entire device live with electricity, and accidentally touching the device could allow the current to pass through you.
  • Examine, maintain, and fix wires where they join a metal tubing, appliance, or where the in-wall cables meet an electrical device.
  • One of the best things you can do to use a secure electrical device is to make sure that it is grounded, and the ground current is electrically constant.

Make Sure Your Electrical Wiring Is Grounded

Grounding the electrical network is a quick and straightforward way to make it much safer, and also defending against the genuine danger of dealing with power supply fluctuations. When you want to secure your property from electrical issues, whether at home or the workplace and look after the health and well-being of those around you, you must ensure that the electrical equipment is grounded.

For any more information about general electrical services in Australia, feel free to contact All Round Electrical at 1300 169 263 or write to us at this email address and we will call back shortly. Our experts will discuss your requirements in detail and will make sure they provide solutions that work perfectly for you and fit right into your budget.

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