What You Need to Know about Electrical Safety in the Home
Electricity has definitely given us better quality life. But it can also be dangerous if you do not follow the local codes and proper methods of installing and using power. Keep your property and family safe by knowing what to look out for and how to avoid electrocution or electrical problems.
Signs of Problems
- you get ‘tingles’ or shock from power tools, appliances, light switches, taps, and metal fittings in your home
- light fittings are cracked, melted, or discoloured (a sign of overheating in your household wiring system
- appliances are less efficient (like your oven takes longer to work or your air conditioner or refrigerator doesn’t cool enough)
- the brightness of your lights are inconsistent, and switches or power points make excessive noise or spark.
- circuit breakers blow or fuses trip and need to be replaced constantly
When to DIY and When to Call Experts
If the task involves changing a fuse, a light bulb, a fluorescent bulb or starter, or if it involves resetting a circuit breaker, then you can do it yourself. Just make sure you follow safety procedures, such as switching off the light before changing the bulb. For other types of repairs or problems (aside from those mentioned above like repairing appliances, installing new light fittings or electrical cabling), immediately call your go-to electrician in Brisbane. Remember that touching anything that is electronically charged or driven can lead to injury or death, so it is always better to leave it to trained and knowledgeable experts.
The number of electrical repairs you should perform may be limited, but the number of ways you can keep your family and home safe are many.
- never plug devices or touch wires and appliances with wet hands. And be extra careful when using appliances in wet areas (kitchen, bathroom, laundry area, swimming pool surroundings)
- appliances that malfunction, have broken plugs, frayed cords, or cracked housing must be fixed or replaced immediately
- turn off all electronic devices when not in use, as well as power points when you are leaving the house
- keep your appliances (especially dryers and exhaust fans) clean and free of lint, crumbs, and dust. Use them only for their intended purpose and follow the manufacturer’s safety instructions. And give them sufficient breathing space to avoid overheating.
- always use outlet covers for all parts of your home
- before you drill, dig, or do any home improvements, check for concealed wirings
- make sure party or Christmas lights are suitable for outdoor use
- know where your switchboard is located in your house and make sure you can easily get to it. Label the switches, fuses, and circuit breaker.
- turn off the power if you need to go into a ceiling space
- keep posts, boat masts, and ladders clear of overhead wires
- trim trees and plants if they are too near power lines
- use permanent rather than temporary lighting for your pool area, and make sure a licensed electrician does the work
With more knowledge and better implementation of safety procedures in your home, you can be more assured that your family and property are protected from electrical accidents and problems. Educate yourself and your household companions. Consult with professional electricians who can advise you if your systems should be upgraded or repaired. Take action now before lives are put at risk.