Checking your home for electrical safety is a great way to help protect your property and the health of your family. By following a few simple steps you can easily make your house a safer place to be and reduce the risk of unnecessary electrical accidents.

Safety Tips

  • Check all your electrical sockets and switches. Are they undamaged and working properly? Faceplates should be free of cracks and cool to the touch. Plugs should fit snugly into sockets. Individual outlets should not be overloaded with appliances and there should never be more than one heater per outlet. If you have young children consider fitting caps to your sockets to keep inquisitive fingers away from live current.
  • Ensure all electrical cords are in good condition. Look out for fraying or cracking in the outer covering – internal wires should not be exposed. Avoid running cords near furniture or over rugs where they might pose a fire risk and keep them clear of areas where they might be tripped over.
  • Some lamps and light fittings have a maximum wattage rating. Are you using the right bulbs in them?]
  • If you use electric blankets are they still safe? Have they been stored flat and without sharp folds to the wiring? Are they free from exposed wires and scorching? Have you had them tested for electrical safety recently?
  • Are any of the appliances in your home a threat to your wellbeing? Do they work as intended? Do they make strange noises or produce overheated or burning smells? Do you regularly clean your clothes dryer air filter? Do you unplug small appliances when you aren’t using them?
  • Heaters – are they at least one metre away from anything that can burn. Have they been recently maintained or cleaned?
  • Are your fuses in good condition? Are you using the correct weight of fuse wire for the circuits in your house?
  • Do you have a multi-purpose fire extinguisher in case of electrical fires? Have you taught your family what to do in the case of an electrical emergency?

By spending a little time at regular intervals throughout the year performing these checks and having any issues dealt with by a licensed electrician you will help ensure the electrical safety of your home and safeguard the wellbeing of yourself and your family.

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  1. David Powell says:

    Probably not on the subject of safety but also a great idea, make sure you are using surge protectors on appliances or brownware which uses a lot of power like computer towers and televisions. It can save you a lot of money, think of it as an insurance policy. Also if you make sure your computer tower is elevated from the carpet there will be less static electricity generated beneath and it will run faster.

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