Importance of home electrical safety

Whether you are an owner, tenant or renter, priority must be given to electrical safety. As the use of electricity is essential for our comfort and access to appliances and gadgets, we must be aware of the potential dangers that could arise if electrical lines and systems are not well maintained.

Electrical safety is very important. Statistics show that every year around 500 Australians are hospitalized due to electrical injuries. The majority of household electrical incidents were related to exposed cords and switches. About 10% of reported electrical injuries have been fatal.

Moreover, electrical incidents are not only life-threatening to people living in the household. The property itself is at risk when proper security measures are not implemented. Nearly 70% of fires are caused by faulty electrical wiring and outlets, overloading the circuit, improper use of extension cords and poorly ventilated light fixtures.

How to protect your home and investment from electrical hazards

Properties protected against hazards, well maintained and equipped with safeguards against breakdowns life-threatening situations such as electrical incidents. Your property is an investment. The lives of the people residing in your household are more than just investments. Take all precautionary measures to protect your investments from the dangers of electricity.

Many electric shocks and fires can be avoided by following the safety guidelines suggested by the Electrical Equipment Safety System (SETS) and the laws of your state. The guidelines are there to promote consumer safety in household electrical equipment and buildings across Australia.

Making sure your property is safe from electrical incidents will also protect your investment and its value. If you live in Sydney, here are some tips you should keep in mind, as recommended by Level 2 electricians at Gordon Powers:

  1. Have all wiring, outlets, circuit breaker and safety switch checked regularly by a licensed Level 2 electrician at least every six months.
  2. Install a safety switch for each circuit you have if you haven’t already. These lifesavers, also known as Residual Current Devices (RCDs), will protect you from fatal electric shocks.
  3. Replace all electrical wiring every 10 years. Old wiring is among the common causes of all fires (40%) caused by electrical faults.
  4. Immediately replace any damaged or worn electrical cords.
  5. Make sure you’re using the correct wattage for all your devices, gadgets, and lights.
  6. Avoid overloading the outlets in your home. Check all outlets if they are cool to the touch. Any rise in temperature is a sign of overload. Do not touch the inside of the socket!
  7. Do not attempt to do do-it-yourself (DIY) electrical work, as it is illegal and extremely dangerous. Call a professional instead.
  8. All electrical installations, alterations, repairs and upgrades to your property should only be carried out by a licensed electrician.
  9. If you own or rent a property, be sure to check the status report and update it annually.

Electrical safety is of extreme importance and should be a priority whenever you visit a property. Remember that responsibility and liability for the safety of the occupants will always rest with you. If you are unsure what to do, seek advice from professional electricians.

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Last update: March 22, 2022

Posted: March 22, 2022