No one appreciates the importance of playing it safe around electricity quite like an electrician. That’s why we’ve put together a checklist of things we recommend doing (and not doing) so you can stay safe.
- Pay attention to the warning signs
Electrical hazards can come about for a number of reasons, but often, the warning signs are very much there. That’s why it’s vital that you always pay attention to anything strange or unusual. This comes down to more than just warning lights coming on or your device not quite working as well as it’s meant to.
Other things to look out for include:
- Hot parts and outlets
- Lights flickering
- Strange sounds such as pops
- Expensive power bills
- Devices turning off regularly
These all represent potential warning signs that something is wrong. So if you do detect any of the above, be sure to turn off your main power source and replace the device in question straight away.
- Don’t skimp on cheap power devices
When it comes to power devices and equipment – power boards, extension cords etc – going for the cheapest option isn’t always best. In fact, it can be a really risky move, as these products can often be poorly made. This means the safety of your family around the home could be jeopardised. So remember to think about more than just the price tag the next time you go shopping.
- Avoid cutting through electrical wires yourself
This is a really dangerous thing to do. Not only is there the risk of electrocution if the power supply is not properly shut off, but you can also create potential issues by cutting the wires too short. This can create an unsecured wire connection which can lead to sparks, fires and other life-threatening hazards arising. If you are doing DIY work, always hire a qualified electrician to take care of things for you.
- Wear quality proactive gear while working around the home
Spending a few extra dollars on quality protective gear is really important. This is because your safety can often come down to what you’re wearing. Regardless of whether or not you’re working near electrical fittings and wires, having things like proper gloves, eye goggles and earmuffs play a big part in keeping you safe when working around the home.
- Keep your hands dry when working around electricity
This is a bit of a no-brainer, but something that everyone needs to remember. Water and electricity do not mix. The reason being that water conducts electricity, and this can lead to electrocution and death. To avoid this, make sure you always dry your hands properly before touching any electrical outlets or wiring. This way, you’ll never have to worry about running into dangerous situations.
Contact us for level 2 electrical services
Need help with electrical work? Our level 2 electricians are on hand to take your call. We work across the Northern Beaches to provide customers with all the support they need to keep their homes safe. Look to us for a range of services including private power pole installation, LED light installation and more. Contact Overhead Electrical today on 0409 017 436 or complete an online form and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.