We all understand the importance of electricity and the effect it has on our daily lives. It lies at the heart of everything we do from the moment we wake up and switch on the kettle, to the moment we go to bed and switch off the light. It’s convenient, and without electricity life would be very difficult. However according to research carried out by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 15 Australians are killed and over 300 injured in electrical accidents in the home each and every year. Many of these could have been prevented by taking some basic electrical safety precautions. With this in mind, here’s a list of things that you can do to boost electrical safety in the home.
Ensure appliances are cleaned regularly
Electrical appliances particularly in kitchens can easily get clogged with dirt and grease. This can affect their electrical function, so by keeping them free from grime you can ensure complete electrical safety. The same can be said for sockets themselves. These also need to be grime and grease free. Just a word of earning though, if you are cleaning around sockets, then make sure that you isolate the electricity first.
Don’t overuse plug sockets
In this age of increasing electrical gadgets, you can soon find yourself in the situation where you have more plugs that sockets to put them in. When this happens many people decide to take the easy option and to ‘piggy back’ plug sockets. Whilst this might see harmless enough it can overload the main power outlet leading to a potential accident. If you do find yourself in the situation where you have way too many gadgets and not enough sockets then you might want to either use a qualified and licensed electrician who can fit extra sockets or alternatively, seek the services of a certified power board.
Careful use of extension cords
If you do use extension cords then it’s advisable to make sure that they are fully unwound, particularly if they are longer ones. Failure to do this might result in overheating. In addition you should also look to protect them from the elements and from any possible threat from water or condensation.
Professional safety audits
Finally, for total peace-of-mind you can pay to have a professional electrical safety audit carried out on your property or business. You’ll get a detailed report plus any recommendations that you might need to take in order to boost your home electrical safety.
Here at Static Electrics Brisbane we only use fully licenced and qualified electrical engineers, so if you need further advice on how to improve electrical safety in your home, or need a skilled electrician to sort out your electrical problem, then contact us on 0429 139 039 or visit our website at www.staticelectricsbrisbane.com.au for a rapid response.