Five Electrical Tips for Safety
Electricity is amazing, wondrous and without a doubt a necessity. It can also be quite dangerous. To ensure the safety of you and your family, our team have listed their 5 electrical tips of the week:
1) Smoke Alarms
It is important to get your smoke alarms checked annually. They are the first point of call in a fire and can be the difference between life or death. We encourage our clients to get their smoke alarms wired in, rather than opt for battery-operated alarms. This ensures operation year-round, and removes the potential of an alarm not working due to a flat battery. It is also important to note that the laws surrounding smoke alarm requirements within rental properties in Victoria have also changed. If you are a landlord, we encourage you head to this link to find out more: https://www.consumer.vic.gov.au/housing/renting/repairs-alterations-safety-and-pets/keeping-the-property-safe/smoke-alarms-and-fire-safety
If you are concerned your smoke alarms may not be up-to-scratch, we are more than happy to complete a smoke alarm check, service and/or upgrade. The safety of you, your family and your tenants is paramount, which is why this is DNL's #1 electrical safety tip.
All terminals MUST be tightened. If not done correctly, loose neutrals can catch fire. After attending a recent job, this one made the list. Stay safe ladies and gents, and always use a qualified electrician! Photo taken onsite by our director Daniel.
3) Clear Access
Access to panels, circuit breakers and fuses must never be blocked whether in your home or at your investment properties. Stacked belongings along the side of your home, or any shrubs and trees that get in the way of access must be removed. In a time of need, a licensed electrician may need swift access to ensure your safety.
4) Outlet Overload
Avoid plugging too many devices into our power outlets to avoid outlet overload. Having too much plugged in can cause a fire, explosion or result as a tripping hazard. As we mentioned, electricity is an amazing thing.. but try not to overdo it, your safety may depend on it.
All kitchen appliances must be checked to see if they generate heat. If that's the case, it's fine no need to call the fire brigade, however you must ensure nothing is cluttered too close. This could cause the appliance itself to overheat, or the potential to cause a fire. Again, this is a tip that can transcend beyond your home into your investment properties too- let your property managers know this is a concern of yours and to check at their next routine inspection!