Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Periodic Check On Your Home Electrical Water Heater

Recently a Japanese couple tragically died when they were electrocuted in their apartment in Mont Kiara. The husband's body was found naked while the wife's body was fully clothed. Initial investigation suspects that the wife rushed in to her husband's aid only to suffer the same fate. Their bodies was discovered by their part-time maid whom alerted the authorities. They are left behind by their 6-month-old infant who will be handed over to their relatives. 

More of the news here.

This is not the first incident that we come across news of death caused by electrocution due to faulty electrical water heater. All home owners should be aware of the danger when using any electrical appliances. Below is some safety tips for all home owners that I got it from TheStar Online.

Safety tips for electrical water heaters
  1. We should always ensure that we buy from reputable brands and not be sway in by cheaper alternatives. Remember, it is the safety of yourself and your family that matters the most. 
  2. Do not spray water directly onto the heater casing. This is pure common sense that any electrical appliances will short circuit when in contact with water. Occasional splashes during shower should not be a problem. 
  3. Ensure that the heater has built-in ELCB (Earth Leakage Circuit Breaker). This is important since any leakages will be detected and electricity will be cut-off. It will better if you get your electrician to install a separate ELCB as well. Nothing is too much when it comes to safety.
  4. Make sure that your ELCB is functioning. We should always test our ELCB to ensure that it is functioning well. 
  5. Ensure your home ELCB is functioning well. We should regularly test our ELCB by pressing the test button in our main fuse box. Consult an electrician if you are not aware on how to do it.
  6. Lastly, don't be a superhero and try to save. If you do not have the know how, please neither install a water heater on your own nor try to fix a faulty heater. Get a certified electrician.
We should always keep our home in tip-top condition by keeping it safe and comfortable for our family. A home is where you spend most of your time in and it is our safe-place. Especially homes with children, we must ensure that all possible dangers are eliminated.

Be safe and enjoy life. Share your home safety tips. What did you do to ensure that your home is safe for your family? 


  1. What I did to ensure that my house is safe for my family:

    - grilles for my windows and doors (with emergency door for my window grille)
    - burglar alarm with CCTV and smoke alarm
    - fire extinguishers
    - any gaps at the staircase are blocked with plastic sheets or tied with ropes.
    - childproof gates at top of stairs
    - hidden keys in case child is locked up in room
    - solar water heater is used
    - door to prevent child entering kitchen

    and many more.

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