Did you know: 15 Australians are killed each year in domestic electrical accidents that could have been prevented by a safety switch.
Far too often we fall into the “if it ain't broke, don’t fix it” mentality, which makes it easy for us to ignore the general maintenance that's required to keep things running smoothly. This is especially true of electricity in our homes where we make the mistake of assuming that because we can’t see the problem, it doesn’t exist. Unfortunately, this is where the danger starts.
With electricity being so heavily integrated into our lives, we’re quick to forget just how devastating it can be when not properly maintained. Despite a general trend towards better electrical safety nation-wide, a recent report indicated that 35% of Australian homes are still not equipped with a safety switch and that there were serious faults found within 20% of Australian homes as a result of DIY electrical work. (Master Electricians)
With these factors contributing to 1,644 electric shocks in 2016 alone, there’s still a huge number of incidents that occur each year that could’ve been avoided. Below is a list of the most alarming statistics, as well as tips and tricks on how you can identify these threats before they become an issue. (Dept. of Commerce)
By the numbers
- 15 – The number of Australians killed in preventable electrical accidents at home every year
- 300 – The number of people hospitalised each year as a result of preventable domestic electrical accidents
- 20 – The percentage of Australian homes with serious pre-existing electrical faults
- 35 – The percentage of Australian homes with no safety switches
- 39 – The percentage of homes with coverage on light and power (but not necessarily other circuits)
Tips for keeping your place safe
We always recommend having a licensed electrician carry out any work on your premises, but below is a list of a few things you can do to ensure your family’s safety.
- Switch off power points before pulling out the plug
- Don’t spray cleaning products on power points or light switches
- Keep all heating appliances at a distance from materials such as; bedding, curtains, furniture or clothes
- Teach your children power points aren’t toys. Use plastic covers for any power points within reach of little fingers
- Put lamps on flat/level surfaces, and only use bulbs that match the lamp's recommended wattage.
- Fully unwind extension cords before use, to avoid overheating
- Avoid running extension cords across doorways or under carpets
- Don’t stack up double adaptors; this can easily overload the power point
- Always use a licensed Electrician
- Get a certificate of compliance with all work that is carried out
- Conduct annual safety inspections
Some of the most common causes of an electrical fire are through misuse of an appliance or piece of equipment and also component wear & tear.
Top 6 most hazardous household appliances:
1. Oven & Stove
2. Washing Machine & Dryer
3. Hot Water Heaters
4. Air Conditioners
5. Light Bulbs
6. Fax Machines
So to ensure your biggest asset remains a safe place for your family, we recommend an annual inspection to check problem areas.
Giving you peace of mind
We provide an electrical inspection to ensure your home is humming along and as we all know, the best fix is the one that happens before a problem occurs. This is what we offer during our inspections:
- Check for outdated wiring
- Check for any exposed and uncovered wiring
- Ascertain any electrical hazards
- Test power points and switches
- Inspect and test smoke alarms
- Locate any DIY wiring or electrical work that’s potentially unsafe
- Check and test safety switches
- Surge Protection
- Switchboard inspection
- Certificate of Compliance
There is no cost too high when it comes to the protection of your family, so book your 16-point inspection today, or give us a call on 1300 880 761.
Safety Thursday, 12 October 2017
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