Electricity is part of our lives. We use it from the moment we wake up (switch on lights or boil the kettle), through the day (radio, TV, computer or vacuum cleaner) and while we sleep (alarms, electric blankets).
As a result, we can sometimes forget how powerful and dangerous electricity can be. So, it’s important to remember to take care at all times. Here are some simple things you can do to make using electricity in your home as safe as possible. Ensure that:
- You have had safety switches installed and you test them every three months.
- You always use a licensed electrician for electrical work.
- You arrange a check of your solar power system every year.
- The manufacturer’s instructions for use of electrical equipment are easily located.
- An electrician has checked the safety of power poles on your property in the last five years.
- The ceiling insulation does not cover your downlights.
- You always turn the power off before you go into the ceiling space.
- There are no damaged power points or switches in your home.
- When not in use, accessible power points have plastic safety plug covers in them to protect young children.
- You throw away damaged electrical appliances and leads (or have them properly repaired).
- There are no electrical appliances used in wet areas or near pools.
- Your home’s earth stake is in good condition.
- You are aware of overhead powerlines – especially when using ladders.
- Your outside party lights are suitable for external use (they’re not for internal use only).
- You teach your kids about being safe with electricity.
Remember: Never do your own electrical work. It’s not only illegal, it’s potentially fatal. Always use a licensed electrician like Hewitt Trade Services.
Content courtesy of Energex