According to the Research Centre for Australian Studies approximately 1500 people are hospitalised every year due to electrical injuries. This sadly results in 160 fatalities. Although many of these deaths occur in the workplace (around 73%) around 24% occurred in the home (many of these outside).
As we’ve just entered springtime here in Brisbane it’s time to get all those outdoor jobs done that you’ve been putting off all winter. That said, given what we known about the statistics above how can you make sure that you maintain all-round outdoor electrical safety. Let’s take a look.
Protect your outside power outlets
If you haven’t already done so, you might want to protect your power outlets using weatherproof covers as well as installing Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters just in case there’s a problem.
Electrical equipment and rain don’t mix
Early springtime can also be a wet time of the year so as water and electricity mix only too well, don’t use electrical equipment in the wet. Even wet grass or a wet surface may cause problems so be mindful to make sure that the areas is dry before plugging in that lawnmower or hedge trimmer cable.
When using a cable extension, they can cause a trip hazard so be mindful of excess cable. Try slinging it over your shoulder or looping it in your hand and keep it out of harms way of any blades or moving parts. If you are using any type of cutting equipment then always cut away from the cable.
Always unplug if you encounter an obstruction
If you happen to encounter an obstruction, then always switch off and unplug before you deal with it and don’t be tempted to plug it back in until you’re certain that you’ve finished dealing with the obstruction.
Keep power tools in good working order
Often if electrical tools haven’t been used for a few months, they can start to wear, especially on or around the cable, so before you use them for the first time, give the cable a quick ‘once over’ to make sure that there are no faulty or exposed wires.
If you have powerlines close by and you’re using ladders, then it’s good to know where the cables are in conjunction with your ladders at all times. If you have to carry them, then move them around in the horizontal position vertical to the horizon, and not upright.
By being aware of electrical issues at all times you can save yourself or your family from becoming another statistic.
If you have any electrical faults then call in the professionals. At Static Electrics Brisbane, we have the experience and the skills to make sure that all your electrical equipment, plugs, lighting and sockets are as safe as they can be in no time at all, giving you complete peace-of mind. Contact us today on 0429 139 039 for a competitive quote.