Electrical Safety Tips

Your home is a considerable investment you expect to provide comfort for you and your family every single day.

Electrical safety in your home should be a number one priority, and taken seriously. Brisbane times notes that Queensland has averaged more than 140 house fires a month, with many losing everything, and numerous deaths reported.

An electrical fire can destroy your home or take the lives of your loved ones. Remember that there are regulations concerning the installation and maintenance of all electrical systems in homes and commercial buildings to ensure the safety of its occupants. That is why you must only trust a competent professional to take care of your home electrical installations. Doing your own electrical work or hiring an unlicensed electrician carries risk.

Electrical accidents are inevitable as a result of mistakes or accidents due to negligence, use of substandard electrical materials or faulty installations. House fires may also result from defective electrical outlets, outdated wiring system and misuse or running of extension cords under carpets and rugs. Using high wattage bulbs and lighting fixtures and old appliances are also major causes of house fires with their frayed appliance cords and worn out switches and receptacles.

Proper maintenance of your electrical system is not something you must neglect or passed on to uncertified electricians. If you want to keep your home a safe haven for you and your family, get your home and malfunctioning appliance units serviced by BG Electrical & Air Con your professional electricians and experts in air conditioning.

Electrical Safety Tips:

1. Get a qualified, professional electrician to upgrade your power points if you notice any of these signs:

  • the plug falls out when you plug it in
  • the outlets feel hot
  • you see a spark, smoke or something burning when you plug in an appliance
  • its cracked or damaged.
  • old & worn out
  • you have any safety concerns one of our qualified electricians can assess if it needs replacing.

2. Hire a certified electrician to check & test your smoke alarms to ensure they are working.

3. Get your switchboard assessed to make sure it is compliant, up to date with regulations and safety, and if needed, have it upgraded by one of our switchboard specialists.

4. Make sure all straightners, curling irons, clothing irons, ovens and any hazardous appliances are turned off / unplugged

5. Push the test button on your Safety Switch every 3 months to guarantee it’s working properly & doesn’t become faulty.

Note: When upgrading or adding new powerpoints (or any electrical work for that matter) – make sure you’re using the right electrician; ensuring that the cables are compliant, the right sized wiring is used, and everything is done with care and up to date standards.

 

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