Electricity is part of our everyday life from the moment we wake up to when we finally retire at night. Think about the last time you watched your favourite show on television or when you used the coffee maker in the morning. These activities along with many others that you do at home rely on electricity – Perhaps one of the most important power sources we use.
It’s easy to forget just how dangerous electricity can be if it’s not managed properly. Anything from damaged electrical wires to overloaded outlets pose potential hazards at home. In fact, it’s estimated that 15 Australians are killed and 300 are hospitalised each year as a result of electrical accidents. Many of the injuries that occur from these incidents are entirely preventable.
Here we’ll look at several top tips to improve the electrical safety in your home. Implement these changes to reduce or even eliminate potential electrical hazards altogether.
1. Replace Damaged Electrical Cords
Electrical cords consist of insulated wires that carry electricity to power the electronics you use. Damaged cords (where you can see exposed wires) greatly increases the chances of electrical accidents such as fires and electrocution. Check all power and extension cords on a regular basis for signs of fraying and cracking. Damaged chords should be immediately replaced. While it’s possible to repair damaged cords, it’s best to have them fixed by a qualified electrician unless you absolutely know what you’re doing.
2. Watch Out For Overloaded Outlets
Overloaded electrical outlets are a common cause of residential fires. Using multiple power strips on an outlet can exceed the maximum current rating for that socket and cause it to overheat. As a rule of thumb, never use extension cords or multi-outlet strips for appliances. Major appliances like refrigerators and washing machines should be plugged directly into a single receptacle outlet. If there is not enough, have a qualified electrician add new outlets to where you need them.
3. Install Safety Covers on Unused Outlets
Young children are naturally curious about their surroundings. Even if you keep a close eye on your child, you can take additional measures to create a safer environment. Unprotected sockets pose potential safety hazards as children may insert objects into them. Install safety covers on any unused outlets to protect any young children in the house from electrical shock.
4. Fit an RCD
An RCD or Residual Current Device is a safety device that is designed to immediately turn off the supply of electricity in the event of a power surge to prevent electrocution. Such devices have been mandatory on power circuits since 1991. But if you have an older property, your home may not have one installed. Reach out to one of our qualified electricians to fit an RCD to your meter box to improve the electrical security of your property.
5. Use the Correct Wattage For All Fixtures
Electrical accidents can occur as a result of not using the correct wattage. Be sure to check all the lamps and fixtures near your indoor blinds to ensure that you’re using the right bulbs to prevent overheating. Lights can cause electric shock so make sure to switch off the lights before replacing a bulb.
Handling any electrical work on your own can be incredibly dangerous. Call us today on 1800 350 350 to hire one of our qualified electricians. We guarantee complete satisfaction with our work.
Alex Morrison has worked with a range of businesses giving him an in depth understanding of many different industries including carpet cleaning, financial support and health care. As the owner of Integral Media, he is now utilising his knowledge and experience with his rapidly increasing client portfolio to help them achieve their business goals.