Is your home’s electrical system summer ready?
Summer means three things in Queensland:
- Longer days
- Hotter temperature
- Holiday season
Apart from celebrations and visiting beaches, another thing that you shouldn’t miss this summer is your home’s electrical safety.
Why? Because summer is the season when most fire accidents occur in Queensland due to faulty wirings and blown-up appliances. Therefore, you must have your home electrical system safe this summer.
Make your summer trouble-free with these electrical safety tips:
Install RCD at home
Residual Current Device or RCD is called a safety switch for a reason. This device is designed to protect your family from electrical hazards. Fire and electrocution from the faulty electrical system can be avoided using RCD. It can switch off your power circuit for as fast as 30 milliseconds, cutting the chance of an electrical accident.
Should you need a licensed and experienced electrician to install and check your RCD at home, give us a call on 0479 016 375. Lederlec is a trusted electrical company known for providing services to the government and Queensland households since 2009.
Plug major appliances directly into the powerpoint
Plugging major appliances in extension cords is one of the most common mistakes that can lead to electrical accidents.
There are two types of electrical outlets at home, power points and extensions. Power points are those installed on walls and are connected to the main power line. These outlets are used for your major appliances like the air conditioner and fridge. The other one, extension cords, are to be used only for smaller appliances and chargers.
Get an expert check your electrical system
Your home electrical system should be checked every ten years by a licensed electrician. This helps in immediately fixing faulty wirings and electrical hazards in your home.
Do-it-yourself fixes, repairs and installation should not be the case for your home’s electrical system. Do not attempt to do these things on your own.
Keep flammable materials away from electrical appliances
We never know when accidents can happen. No matter how careful we are, the possibility of accidents will still be there. This is especially true for seasonal electrical devices, such as your Christmas lights.
To avoid accidents caused by these lights, it is highly recommended to keep flammable materials such as branches of plants and curtains away from these appliances. You should also have a handy fire extinguisher near it for emergency purposes.
Be mindful of domestic electrical hazards
If you have done the needed precautionary measures to prevent electrical hazards, what’s left is to be mindful of your actions.
The hot weather can make you dip in the pool from time to time. Thus, keep in mind not to touch electrical appliances or wirings before drying your body.
In case an electrical toy or appliance drops in the pool, do not attempt to retrieve it yourself. Lastly, turn off unused and unattended appliances. Not only will it be safer but will cut electricity consumption too.
There’s a lot to do in Queensland during the summer season. That makes more reasons to be cautious and avoid as many accidents as possible. This way, we can make the most out of this year’s summer.