Electrical Safety Tips
It’s very important to be safe around electricity, even more so if there are children in the house. Being negligent or careless when it comes to electrical safety can have tragic consequences. Below is some helpful tips you might find useful:
It can be extremely dangerous to overload power boards with too many appliances. Appliances that use high amounts of energy should be connected directly to wall outlets. If you need more wall outlets, talk to an electrician at Megalite, we can advise and produce a free quote for you.
Check Your Cords
If cords are damaged or frayed, you should not use them. Exposed wires can be very dangerous, and can cause fires, burns or electrical shocks. Any appliances with damaged cords should not be used. A licensed electrician can test and possibly repair the appliance, but if this is not possible it should be disposed of safely.
Extension cords can also be hazardous if you use them for the wrong reason. Before using an extension cord, you should always make sure that particular cord is safe for what you’re using it for. For example, you should not use an extension cord outside if it is only designed for indoor use. You’re increasing the risk of fire and electrical shocks if you do. You also shouldn’t connect electrical cords to each other. Extension cords should be visible rather than concealed under furniture or rugs. If you can’t see the cord, you won’t know if it’s damaged.
It’s important to remember that extension cords are not permanent solutions. They should be used as temporary measures, not as substitutes for permanent wiring. If you are power cord heavy, it probably means you have an insufficient amount of powerpoints
If one or some of your wall outlets and switches are not working properly, there could be a problem with your wiring. If there are strange noises coming from the outlets, or switches are unusually warm, contact megalite to inspect them and check your wiring. If there are kids in your home, you should childproof your home with wall outlet covers or plugs to be safe!
Be Safe Outdoors
If you’re doing work outdoors, keep a reasonable distance from overhead power lines. You should be at least 6.4 metres from wires on poles, and 10 metres from wires on towers. If you are using power tools, make sure they are suitable for the job you are doing.
Call us to be Safe!
If you are unsure about any of the above issues or would like a home inspection, Call us today for some free advice
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