Jonathan Z. Kremer
Each year many
Israelis are injured in and around their homes because of carelessness
and lack of knowledge. Following are some simply precautions that can
prevent disasters from happening around the home.
All outlets in the home should be of the three-pronged type. Replace
all the older two-pronged outlets. Do not use adapters that allow
you to plug a three-pronged appliance into a two-pronged outlet.
Inspect electric cords for damage. If you see a crack in the
insulation, repair or replace it.
Do not overload electrical circuits. This may happen when you plug too
many appliances into the same outlet using adapters. Do not use those 3
way adapters (octopus adapter), especially not for high power appliances
(irons, heaters, ovens, microwaves, etc). Multi-outlet strips are ok to
use with computers, their peripherals and other small electrical
Keep all electric appliances away from water, such as a sink or a
bathtub. Never touch anything that runs on electricity when your hands
Insert plastic safety caps in all unused electrical outlets if small
children are present in a home.
Keep electric appliances and light bulbs away from flammable liquids or
Make sure that children don't play around the electrical poles or panels
outside the house, coming from the Electric Company.
Don't run extension cords and cables under a rug.
Carry appliances by their handle and not by their cord.
When taking a plug out of a receptacle, don't pull it out by the
Most appliances, such as the television, need to have a free flow of air
around them so they do not overheat and start a fire. Do not obstruct
the flow of air around such appliances.
Have a multi-purpose fire extinguisher at hand, near your electrical
Electrical panels should be examined by an electrician at least once
a year. Throughout the year the connections in the panel constantly heat
up when the power that is being used is at a high, and cool off again
when the power consumption goes back down to normal. The changes in
temperatures cause the connections in the panel to expand and contract,
thus, loosening them up and causing the connections and the wires to
start burning. This very dangerous situation can be avoided by having
your main and sub panels checked at least once a year (preventive
maintenance) by a competent electrician.
The Israel Electric
Company has literature available that helps identify potential
electrical home hazards. Unfortunately, it's mostly in Hebrew, with few
Jonathan Z. Kremer (better known as Yoni) is the proprietor of
"Yoni - Electrical Design and Installations", a Maale Adumim (Israel) based business that has been serving primarily Jerusalem, Maale Adumim, and surrounding areas since 1989. We undertake various forms of electrical work including renovations, maintenance, installations, and repairs - encompassing the domestic (home), industrial and commercial arenas. We believe that our success tomorrow will be determined by how well we serve you today.