Electrical Safety Tips for Inside Your Home

As we are all aware electricity is an essential component of our lives but it does come with a fair amount of risk. However, if you have a healthy respect of electricity and follow the electrical safety tips below you shouldn’t ever have any reason to be concerned.

 

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  1. Have your electrical system inspected by a licensed electrician (obviously I recommend Western Suburbs Electrical!). Flickering lights, non-functioning socket outlets or tripping RCDs indicate that there is a problem.
  2. Check appliance cords regularly. I have already blogged about electrical lead safety which can be read here. Replace or repair appliances with faulty leads.
  3. Keep electrical appliances away from water. This is one of the electrical safety tips I can’t emphasis enough. Electricity and water DO NOT mix. Never use electrical appliances with wet hands.
  4. Only put plugs into socket outlets. Use covers on the socket outlets and teach children about the dangers of electricity from an early age.
  5. Plug-in one high wattage electrical appliance at a time (such as toaster, coffee machine, iron etc) to avoid overloading the electrical circuit.
  6. Never be tempted to perform your own electrical work. The risk is too high to your electrical safety. Always use a licensed electrician.
  7. Install residual current devices as soon as possible. These really are life saver’s! Remember to test them on a regular basis. Every three months is a good rule of thumb.
  8. Ensure that your home thermal insulation is installed correctly. If the insulation is placed too close to down lights, ceiling fans or electrical fittings – eg transformers, security alarms there is a greater risk of fire.
  9. Place lamps on level surfaces, away from things that can burn and use bulbs that match the lamp’s recommended wattage.
  10. Use extension cords safely.

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