Updated: Apr 3
Reversed polarity, open grounds, overloaded circuits, loose connections, and improper bonding of the neutral and ground wires are examples of typical electrical wiring failures discovered during the CleverGuard electric energy monitoring systems installation. Other issues may include insufficient wire gauges, outdated or damaged wiring, and improperly installed electrical panels or subpanels. It's essential to address these issues promptly to ensure the safety and efficiency of the electrical system.
Proper electrical wiring is crucial for the safety of residents because faulty wiring can cause fires, electrocution, and other electrical hazards. Electrical wiring that is not installed correctly or is damaged can result in short circuits, overloading, and electrical arcing that can ignite combustible materials, such as wood, paper, and fabrics, and lead to a fire. Additionally, exposed wires or damaged insulation can pose a risk of electric shock, which can be lethal. Properly installed wiring and electrical components, such as outlets, switches, and circuit breakers, help to prevent these hazards and ensure that the electrical system operates safely and efficiently.
To increase the safety of homes, the electrical system standards have changed significantly over the past years. Some of the fundamental changes include:
The introduction of Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) and Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCIs) in the 1990s and early 2000s, respectively, provide improved protection against electrical shock and fire hazards.
The requirement for tamper-resistant receptacles in residential construction in 2008, which help to prevent accidental electrocutions, especially in households with young children.
The adoption of energy-efficient lighting standards and the promotion of renewable energy sources, such as solar power, to reduce the environmental impact of residential electrical systems.
Implementing more stringent electrical code requirements for new construction, including larger service panel capacities, increased minimum wire sizes, and improved grounding and bonding provisions.
These changes, among others, have helped to improve the safety, efficiency, and sustainability of residential electrical systems.
Compliance with electrical safety standards can vary widely across different countries and regions. It can also depend on factors such as the age of the housing stock, the level of enforcement by regulatory bodies, and the availability of qualified electricians. However, homeowners generally should have their electrical systems inspected and maintained by a licensed electrician regularly to ensure that they meet current safety standards and operate safely and efficiently.
Installation support at the home of the elderly
Installing the technology requires letting other people into the homes of the elderly. In that case, this can be a significant concern for some people, particularly elderly individuals living alone or those with privacy and security concerns. To address these concerns, ensuring the installation process is as safe and non-intrusive as possible is essential. Here are some steps that can be taken:
Schedule appointments: Schedule installation appointments in advance and at a convenient time for the user, ensuring enough time to prepare.
Provide clear information: Provide clear and concise information about the installation process, including who will be coming to their home, what will be required, and how long it will take.
Background checks: Ensure the installation team is thoroughly vetted and undergoes background checks to alleviate security concerns.
Minimize disruption: Minimize the disruption caused by the installation by keeping the noise level to a minimum and cleaning up after the installation.
Provide support: Support the user during and after the installation, such as answering any questions and providing training on how to use the application.
Follow safety protocols: Ensure the installation team follows all safety protocols, including wearing personal protective equipment and maintaining social distancing measures where appropriate.
By taking these steps, the installation process can be made less intrusive and more comfortable for the user, increasing the likelihood that they will have positive experiences with new technology.
CleverGuard brings insights into seniors’ habit changes in a non-intrusive way, supporting them to stay longer at home independently and fostering meaningful discussions between seniors and their carers.
Know more about CleverGuard: https://www.cleverguard.care/