[Lsat edit 03 2014]
Most modern comforts such as computers, television, and video games rely on electricity. It goes without saying that electricity is a precious resource that everyone must use wisely. However, some people commit mistakes when installing or using their electrical systems, and consequently face severe safety risks that could prove fatal if not rectified promptly.
Homes usually have a limited number of power outlets with a fixed wattage. As such, all household occupants must take care not to overload these outlets. Those who tempt fate and plug devices with conflicting wattage requirements or rig too many devices onto a single outlet can endanger their electrical systems as a whole, and even cause fires. Electrical wires are also insulated for a good reason, and must therefore be handled with extreme care at all times.
Aside from proper power usage, homeowners need to be careful with the installation and repair of their home electrical systems. Parts of an electrical system can malfunction or even burn out over time, and these will need to be replaced with utmost care to ensure a steady power supply as well as prevent permanent damage. Those who lack the necessary electrical know-how can always turn to highly trained professional electricians who are familiar with all the safety requirements and pertinent building codes.