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10 Electrical Safety Tips 2020

With 25 years of experience, The Local Electrician encourages the use of our 10 simple steps to ensure the safety of your home and the people in it from electricity related accidents. Additionally, our qualified Emergency Electrician workers are often called out to resolve some electrical defects/ issues and know what causes most of the problems. The knowledge which we have gained from what causes major electrical concerns have allowed us to recommend strategies to prevent them from happening. As electrical fire, electrocution and electricity-related incidents are dangerous and fatal, these steps should be followed through and maintained regularly.

There are numerous different actions and situations which can result in severe and fatal accidents by electrical means to occur within a home. According to the NSW Fire and Rescue, in NSW, electrical appliances and faults make up for over 40% of fires within a home. Most of the problems could have been avoided if preventative and smart actions were previously completed.  

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10 Safety Tips

With our knowledge, here is a list of simple tasks and information to know for increasing the safety of your home.

1. Overloading Outlets

Having numerous different appliances connected to one outlet increases the risk of electrical problems from occurring. Making sure the outlet is not hot but cool is a good indicator if the outlet is handling the devices. Other tips include knowing power strips do not change the power the outlet receives but only adds outlets. Also, only one heating product should be in an outlet and using surge protection is extremely beneficial for the devices in one outlet.

2. Water

Never have an electrical appliance near, especially make contact with water. As water is a good conductor of electricity, having water meet an electrical current is extremely dangerous. Make sure that each electrical device is dry and away from any water. Moreso, make certain that your hands are dry too and move appliances away from areas where water can be present. For example, sinks, showers and plant pots can easily have water contact electrical devices.

3. Combustible Items and Heaters

Items which are combustible, flammable materials like paper, should always be kept far away from heaters and water heaters. If the heat from these appliances are near the combustibles, the chance of them catching on fire increases. As a result, so not place heaters near curtains, wooden surfaces and other combustible items.

4. Wattage

Check to see that the appliances in the home are using the correct wattage. Fixtures, lights, lamps and other appliances should be using 60-watts or less. This is to ensure that they are safe and will not overheat or explode.

5. Tidy and Secure Cords

Cords of appliances should be away from children and pets to prevent them from damaging the cords. Moreover, the cords should not be wrapped tightly around objects to stop them from stretching or overheating. Lastly, do not rest a chord on a hot surface as this will probably damage the cord’s insulation and wires.

6. Air Circulation

To avoid overheating, it is important that electrical equipment should be stored with a good and proper air circulated space. If not, then the chance of overheating and shorting out to then cause an electrical fire will only increase. Additionally, storing flammable objects away from these electronics and appliances is also a safe practice.

7. Follow Instructions

Simply following instructions of the electrical appliances can be a method to decrease electrical risks. For the safety of both the device and you, knowing how to properly use them is important. Furthermore, this information can decrease the risk of accidentally causing damage to the appliance.

8. Replace Damaged Cords

A serious threat to the safety of the home is open and damaged electrical cords. Immediately and safely removing them from the building is important so they do not make contact with anything. If contact occurs, electrocution or electrical fires are easily prone to happen. Therefore, checking regularly that the cords in the home are safe and not open should happen. If they are, call a 24 hr electrician to help with the issue of the cords.

9. Unplug Unused Appliances

When the appliance is not being used, simply unplug it. This decreases them from overheating or power surges from occurring as they are in the outlet. Moreover, this can decrease the electric bill as a bonus.

10. Clean Exhaust Fans

If an appliance has an exhaust fan, cleaning them will stop the chance of blockage to occur. When this happens the device has to work harder, therefore, cleaning it is a safe practice. Moreso, it will prevent the lifespan from decreasing or even a buildup of gas occurring.

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The Local Electrician offers Sydney qualified urgent electrician workers to help with any electrical problem at all times. The call out electrician can check your home for any issue and suggests recommendations on how to further protect your home from electrical danger. Call us for our licensed emergency call out electrician on 0439 823 190 or email us now at info@thelocalelectrician.com.au. We are the best for any emergency situation, each emergency electrician holding the advanced Level 2 Electrician qualification as well.

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