Electrical Contractors Brisbane
When it comes to Health and Safety, businesses have very strict guidelines to ensure the wellbeing of staff and visitors to the company. Employees are educated and very well informed on this and the consequences of not adhering to these can be devastating and costly.
We should have the same approach in our home, which of course house our loved ones, pets and valued possessions.
If you haven’t thought about it before, now might be the time to create a Safety Action Plan for your home. If you have children, you could make it a fun family exercise – Emergency Services have great resources available. We also offer a free e-booklet with helpful tips as well as a complimentary.
Here are our Top Electrical Safety Tips for your home to consider to keep your home safe.
Faulty switchboards have been the cause of many house fires and is very important to ensure that your switchboard is safe.
If you have an old style asbestos or timber particle backing board in your switchboard box and/or porcelain fuses it’s no longer suitable and will cause you future issues when you’ll need to upgrade to new digital smart meters and would need to be upgraded without delay.
Also, getting safety switch protection on every individual circuit is now mandatory on every new circuit under the new AS3000 rules
If you are unsure about your switchboard, it is well worth getting an electrician to check it out.
Be Fire Wise
Test all the fire alarms in the home and ensure that fire extinguishers and fire blankets are within their use by date.
Don’t Overload Power Boards
I think we have all been guilty of this, and is very unsafe. Check out our previous blog for more tips and advice on powerboards.
Heaters, Electric Blankets & Heated Pet Bet Safety
- Before you plug in your electric blankets and heaters, check all the cords are solid and not frayed (especially the bit near the plug that sees the most wear and tear). If your cords are frayed or damaged, don’t risk it. Throw them out.
- Check electric blankets, rugs and heated pet beds to ensure the heating element is still solidly within the item and you can’t see any wires poking out before you use them.
- Look to see if there are any dislodged heating elements in space heaters before you turn them on.
- Regularly vacuum the back of space heaters and any filters to remove any dust build-up which can become a fire hazard if not removed.
- If you need to upgrade your portable heater, choose one that has an automatic off switch if tipped over or if it overheats.
- Keep portable heaters away from curtains, bedding, wet areas, high traffic areas or walkways. You need a minimum of 1 metre between your heater and any other object.
- Don’t run heater extension cords under carpets or rugs. Ideally, plug portable space heaters directly into the wall socket or power board, rather than use an extension cord.
If you would like to ensure that your home is safe and would like some advice especially about your switchboard give us a call today on 1300 853 564