Please remember to keep this guide somewhere safe so you can refer to it again and again.
I’m Jonathan Doherty and I’m The Electric Guy. I decided to create this free article to help people with electrical safety in their homes. Granted not the most exciting topic, but an important topic not the less. After doing electrical work on many peoples homes and businesses over the past 12 years, I have had growing concern’s about peoples safety, and wanted to provide a simple guide that anyone could follow to ensure safety throughout their home. I’m based in Sydney’s beautiful Bondi Beach, and service Sydney’s Eastern suburbs, inner-west and CBD. We offer a fast friendly and reliable service.
Check One: Appliance Cords.
Check all electrical cords around the home to ensure they are not damaged in any way and out of reach of wandering hands wherever possible. Most cords have a double layer of insulation for your protection. Older style table and floor lamps may not have this double layer, which causes greater risks of electric shock. If you discover a damaged cord, we advise that you stop using the appliance immediately, remove the plug from the wall socket and have it repaired or replaced. Also check all of your appliances carry the Regulatory Compliance Mark (RCM), which means they are approved for use in Australia. You will find something similar to this on each piece of equipment that has been approved for us in Australia.
Check Two: Avoid double & 'piggy-back' adaptors
Overloading may occur if too many cords are plugged into outlets that are only designed for one or two plugs. Only use power boards with in-built safety devices to avoid a power outlet overload (we advise to avoid using power boards altogether where possible). What should they do instead?
Check Three: Childproof your socket outlets
Children love playing and poking objects into holes, I bet your toddler has a toy with different shapes to fit the different holes. You can easily plug up empty socket outlets, by picking up some safety sockets from your local bunnings or likewise.
Check Four: Test safety switches
Testing your safety switches every three months is a good rule of thumb. All you need to do is press the ‘test’ or ‘T’ button. It only takes a matter of seconds to press and reset again. If the switch turns the power off, then great it’s working correctly. Bare in mind however that having safety switches in your home doesn’t mean you should let your guard down when using electricity – they is no substitutes for safe practices & proper electrical maintenance carried out by a licensed electrician.
Check 5: Visual inspection
Inspect your switches & power points for burn marks, this could be an indication of loose connections or ‘Hot Joints’ behind. A loose fitting plug can cause electrical fires, check that the plug fits firm and secure into the outlet. Print off this guide, and keep it somewhere handy. If you do need any electrical work you can contact us on 0403454023.
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