Home Owners Electrical Safety Jobs and Tips

To keep our homes in the best possible working conditions there are a few simple things we can do regularly, this will ensure the safety of your home, your family and your investment.

Simple, practical safety steps for home owners include:

  • Ensuring you have a safety switch on every circuit in your home.  Pressing the Test button on your safety switches every three months to ensure they trip off when needed.
  • Testing smoke alarms every year to make sure they are still functioning properly.  Each unit will have a button to test and hush.
  • Only using power tools and appliances for their intended purpose, and not using indoor appliances outside in the weather
  • Repairing or discarding any appliances that have visible signs of damage, including damage to insulation around power leads, strange smells or electric shocks. 
  • Having your solar panels checked and cleaned every few years to ensure they are working safely and at optimal efficiency. 
  • Staying away from fallen power lines. If you see fallen lines contact Energex on 13 19 62 immediately.
  • Don’t overload outlets: Extension cords and outlet adapters should not be permanent solutions to running multiple electronics at once. If you don’t have enough outlets for your appliances and devices, consider streamlining or installing additional outlets. 
  • Protect cooling equipment: Be sure that your home’s electrical system is grounded so a lightning strike or power surge is less likely to damage your air-conditioning unit, especially during the summer months. 
  • Install a home surge protector: Whole-home surge protection systems provide a reliable and complete safeguard for sensitive electronic equipment. If installed, you won’t have to worry about losing important or valuable electronic files during storm season. 
  • Install a backup generator: As storms are in bloom, the best line of defence for homeowners is a backup generator. To ensure safe and proper use, be sure to position generators outdoors and away from any structure. Keep them dry and make sure they are properly grounded, performing routine maintenance to be sure they are functioning properly when the need arises.  

Call Rob Buchanan Electrical to discuss your options today or book in a free quote.  Remember a little preparation and effort today could save you grief and money in the future.