Simple and quick electrical safety tips to protect you, your home and your family!
1. Beware of the fuses in your table
Fuses with an incorrectly sized fuse wire can overload or short circuit the circuit and possibly cause a fire as the wires are forced to operate at a dangerous temperature. Ceramic fuses no longer comply with current safety regulations. Therefore, it is illegal for an electrician to install a ceramic fuse in a switchboard.
2. Ensure that the wiring of your downlights is installed correctly
Halogen downlights can reach 360 degrees Celsius, while ceiling-mounted cables have an operating temperature of 90 degrees Celsius. If these wires come into contact with incorrectly installed halogen downlights, they can burn the wiring and cause a short circuit and fire.
3. Make sure your halogen bulbs are installed correctly
If your low lights are still on, there is a good chance that they will overheat. It is a good safety measure to have an electrician check them to make sure they are not covered with insulation or that their wiring is defective.
4. Remove all trash from the ceiling near the halogen lights
Dead leaves on your roof can enter your roof space and accumulate over halogen lights, representing an immediate fire hazard.
5. Test all safety switches every 12 months.
Safety switches are an excellent safety feature. However, they must be tested every 12 months. This can be done using specialized test equipment. If the safety switch does not work properly, it may not trip when a person comes into contact with an active circuit, which can lead to a fatal situation.
6. Make sure the light switches are installed away from the faucets
It is illegal to install light switches and sockets next to bathtubs and showers, or any place where there is water.
7. Ensure that the external electrical connection point is well maintained and secure.
The connection point (the point where the power cord is connected to your home) should be checked to ensure that the board does not corrode, as they can move away from the board when the wood supports decay.
8. Make sure your standards are up to date
Obsolete distribution boards can be dangerous. Plastics can perish and fail, cables can break loose and start burning, and debris can accumulate inside these panels, which represents a fire hazard.