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5 quick and easy checks for electrical safety in your home

3 May 2016

We all want our homes to be as safe as possible – for our families, our friends, and of course, for ourselves. But how often do we take the time out to give our home a once over and make sure there aren’t any electrical safety issues?

If a potential electrical repair popped up in the workplace, most of us would report it immediately, but sometimes we let them slide if we see them in our home.

 

We have put together a 6 minute electrical safety checklist that you can carry out in your home to make sure your home is safe. See how your home shapes up by running this quick check.

 

1. Power-point checks

You should be looking for any evidence of cracking or damage to the switch itself, as well as paying attention to the power cords of any appliances. If the cable is regularly removed by pulling on the insulation instead of the the plastic plug, fraying or splitting can occur. If there is any damage at all, do not attempt to repair with tape or other adhesives. Replace or contact a licensed electrician to come and make a quick repair.

 

2. Does power flow consistently?

A good indication that power flow is faulty in your home is a noticeable variation in the brightness of lights and lamps. If you notice the brightness of your lights varying over extended periods of time, it probably means your internal wiring needs checking. If this is the case, do not attempt to check or fix wiring yourself under any circumstances.

 

3. Extension cord checks

If you do require extension cords in your home, make sure they are in good condition and aren’t an electrical hazard waiting to happen. Always run extension cords along walls or skirting boards, and never underneath carpets or rugs, as this is a serious fire hazard.

 

4. Water and electricity

It should go without saying, but electricity and water should absolutely never come into contact. This can include even small amounts of moisture, so be thorough when giving your home a once over. High risk areas include:

  • Kitchen bench
  • Laundry
  • Bathroom and vanity
  • Garage (particularly if there are any leaks when it rains)

 

5. Have you chosen the right light bulbs?

This might seem like a no brainer, but a mismatch between the wattage capacity of a light bulb and the power output of a lamp or light fitting can cause overheating and may cause an electrical fire in some cases. Check out this handy guide to help you find exactly what you need to know when buying a light bulb.

Tick off this checklist for electrical safety every few months in your home, to make sure you aren’t unknowingly risking a serious accident involving electricity in your home.

 

To solve any of your electrical safety issues in Newcastle or the Hunter, call 1300 766 324 for a free quote.

 

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