Dealing with electricity around the home? It’s vital that you do the right thing to avoid injury and even death. Check out our top tips for keeping your family safe all year round.
- Dry your hands before touching electrical wires or appliances
It goes without saying that you should keep water away from electrical outlets. But sometimes we can forget that this applies to having wet hands when using appliances and touching wires. Regardless of whether something is damaged or not, the risk of electrocution is always there when water is involved. This is because water is a conductor of electricity. In other words, if something does go wrong, water can make things a lot worse.
- Turn the power off before attempting repair work
If you’re thinking about repairing an electrical fixture or wiring, be sure to turn the power off in advance. This will shut off the flow of electricity and help you to stay safe. You can do this by switching your sockets off or by going directly to the powerboard. Not sure where to start? Get in touch with a friendly electrician who can show you exactly what needs to be done.
- Don’t overload your extension cords
Many people make the mistake of overloading their extension cords. This can lead to outlets short circuiting, which can trigger a raft of electrical hazards. That’s why you should always be mindful when plugging in extra appliances and devices. Remember, if you do need more power capacity, you can speak with a qualified electrician.
- Invest in power surge protection
Power surge protectors can help to protect your devices in the event of an electrical spike. Basically, when your power supply is switched off during an electrical storm, this sudden change can result in your appliances receiving too much electricity in one go, which can cause a lot of damage. The good news is these protectors monitor for excess electricity and instantly cut off the supply in the event of an emergency. This means your equipment – be it computers, TVs, microwaves or anything else – will always be safeguarded.
- Call a qualified electrician
Our final tip is to call a qualified electrician for a regular electrical check. An experienced team can ensure that your home is safe and protected from potential hazards, whether that’s due to faulty cords and sockets, overloaded power boards or anything else. A level 2 electrician can also help with specialist service including private power pole installation.
Contact Overhead Electrical
Feel free to get in touch with Overhead Electrical if you’re looking for an experienced team in the Northern Beaches. We always work to the highest standards to ensure that your home is kept safe all year round. Contact us today on 0409 017 436 or complete an online form and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.