Why You Should NOT DIY Electrical Works

Why You Should NOT DIY Electrical Works

Why You Should NOT DIY Electrical Works

Sometimes, we think fixing electrical problems is as easy as changing a light bulb. Indeed, we do not need an electrician to change our light bulbs at home, but other electrical works aren’t as simple.

Why You Should NOT DIY Electrical Works

Electrical Protection Act 2002 states define electrical work as “the manufacturing, constructing, installing, testing, maintaining, repairing, altering, removing, or replacing of electrical equipment” in residential and commercial properties. These activities are meant to be handled only by licensed electricians. Attempting DIY electrical work can cause you a lot of problems. In this blog, we will share with you why you shouldn’t try electrical works on your own.

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What is considered electrical works?

You must be aware of what-not-to-do to avoid doing them, right? According to the Electrical Safety Board of Queensland Government, these activities are considered as electrical works:

  • replacing the switch of house lights
  • installation of power points
  • changing the location of a powerpoint
  • replacing the plug at the end of the extension leads
  • installing a ceiling fan in place of a light fitting
  • repairing household appliances no matter the size and issue

All of these activities must be done by professional and licensed electricians. However, buying an electrical appliance and other necessary materials for electrical work is not prohibited. Still, the condition remains that the electrical work is handled only by authorized tradesmen.

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What are the negative effects of DIY electrical work?

Apart from being illegal, people who do unlicensed electrical work are faced with the dangers of electrical shock. This accident can be fatal for them as well as their families. Even when you think you have managed to do the electrical work successfully, you are not sure when it will backfire. Will you risk your loved one’s safety when they come in contact with faulty electrical work?

DIY electrical work can also cause an electrical fire. Unlike ordinary fire, extinguishing electrical fire has a different method. Whether you are knowledgeable about it or not, it is more difficult to deal with electrical fire. Therefore, preventing such an occurrence is the best thing to do.

As mentioned above, unauthorized electrical work is punishable by law. Electrical safety officers in Queensland are investigating unlicensed electrical work and can cause you a huge sum of money for penalty and/or imprisonment.

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What are the penalties for unlicensed electrical work?

DIY electrical work is considered unlicensed electrical work. People caught doing DIY electrical work can be faced with penalties of up to $40,000.

What are the penalties for unlicensed electrical work

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In more serious cases, which typically involve the destruction of properties and causing injuries to other individuals, penalties are stricter. An incident caused by DIY and unlicensed electrical work can get you a maximum penalty of $600,000 ($3,000,000 for a corporation) or five years imprisonment.

 

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Conclusion

Therefore, doing unauthorized electrical work is a no-no. Don’t attempt to work on your household electrical system as it can endanger you and your family. It can lead to disasters that are better off prevented with the help of a licensed electrician.

Should you need the help of licensed electricians for your electrical works at home? Talk to us today so we can give you the appropriate solutions.

Is your rental property in QLD compliant to electrical safety laws?

Is your rental property in QLD compliant to electrical safety laws?

Is your rental property in QLD compliant to electrical safety laws?

Are you renting a property in Queensland or planning to rent a house in the Northern Brisbane area? Do you have a rental property? If you are in any of these circumstances, you have to know the electrical safety laws for rental properties in Queensland, because strict compliance with these laws is expected from both rental owners and tenants alike.

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What are the electrical safety laws for rental properties in Queensland?

Electrical safety laws for rental properties seek to ensure the safety of the tenants. These laws also aim to prevent injuries, casualties, and damages to public and private properties. Here are some of the important things you should remember:

 

Installation of Safety Switch

As a rental property owner, you must always secure that your rentals have an installed and working safety switch. It can help protect your tenants from electrical emergencies. In the same way, it is also advantageous to protect your investment from such an incident.

On the other hand, if you are a tenant who will be moving into a rental property; then you have to check if your unit has safety switches installed in the switchboard. You should be able to see at least one safety switch in the property you’re renting. It is mandated for property rentals in Queensland to have at least one safety switched installed.

You can easily tell if there is a safety switch at your property as it will be labelled with “TEST” on your switchboard. If you couldn’t find one, you should ask the property owner about it. If there is one, ensure that it gets tested every three months or change in season. Remember that compliance with safety switch installation is both the owner and the tenant’s responsibility.

 

Compliance with Smoke Alarm Regulation

Smoke alarms can save lives. The installation of smoke alarms for properties whether privately owned or rented are mandated in Queensland. As a tenant, you must check if the property you are renting has complied with the regulation, however, the property manager should provide you with a certificate of compliance within 14 days of the signing of the lease.

Additionally, it is the task of the tenants to maintain the smoke alarm installed in their rented properties. They need to check for flat or nearly flat batteries and test the test button. Should you encounter a problem with the smoke alarm, you must inform your landlord at once.

 

Do not attempt to fix an electrical problem in the unit

This rule applies to both the landlord and the tenant. If there is a problem with any electrical components inside the unit, the tenant must inform the owner. The owner must then contact a licensed electrician to work on the electrical problem.

Attempting to do DIY electrical work is dangerous. It can cause accidents such as electrical shock and fire. Unlicensed electrical work is also punishable by law. Violators may face penalties such as fine and imprisonment depending on the severity of the case.

 

Report tingles or shock immediately

As a tenant, you might experience a tingle or electrical shock when coming in contact with metals inside the property. This must not be taken for granted. When you experience such a sensation, you must immediately inform your tenant. Your landlord must call for an electric maintenance service provider as soon as possible. This will help prevent more serious accidents.

 

Proper use of electrical appliances

Tenants are expected to take care of the property while renting. Part of such responsibility is to ensure that the appliances are being used properly. Follow the instructions on how to use electrical appliances at all times. Do not overuse a power outlet and avoid getting appliances in close contact with water.

Buying electrical appliances online should also be minimized. Overseas appliances may not have the authorization to be used in Queensland. It will be safer to buy at registered appliance centres in the area.

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Conclusion

We work with a number of Strata Property Management companies keeping rental properties safe and maintained. If you work for a Property Management Company, are a Property Manager, or even own a Rental Property give us a call today to discuss how we can help you and help maintain your property portfolio.

7 Electrical Safety Tips to Remember during Storms

7 Electrical Safety Tips to Remember during Storms

7 Electrical Safety Tips to Remember during Storms

According to the North Queensland Register, we will be enduring four cyclones this particular season. Now, this may not hit Brisbane, however, we will still feel some of the effects of it. Therefore, preparing our household for the coming storms is very important.

Electrical safety is a must in this season. Cyclones often cause damages to household electrical systems. These damages, in turn, permit further accidents such as electrical shock and worst, death.

7 Electrical Safety Tips to Remember during Storms

Now, how can you ensure electrical safety at home during storms?

Prevention is better than cure as they say. Therefore, we listed 10 tips to practice before, during and after a storm so your home will be free from electrical hazards this season.

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Tip no. 1: Install a safety switch

A safety switch is a must-have to prevent electrical hazards. Having a single switch that can turn off all the electrical outlets in the house is very convenient. It is even more useful during storms and other emergencies.

If you don’t have a safety switch at the moment, be sure to install one immediately. On the other hand, your already installed safety switch must be tested from time to time so it won’t malfunction during a storm.

We also advise to let your family know where the safety switch is located so it would easily be accessed when needed.

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Tip no. 2: Shut down the solar PV system

A storm is not the weather for a solar PV system. It is recommended to shut it down even before the storm hits. Have your local electrician perform the safe isolation procedure on your solar PV system when there is a coming storm. Most Solar Systems have a step by step shut down procedure next to the inverter, however if you need an experienced electrician for safe isolation procedures? Send us a message.

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Tip no. 3: Store seldomly-used electrical equipment

There is electrical equipment at home which we may not survive the storm without being plugged. The electrical equipment must be stored in an elevated and dry area ahead of time. There is no telling when a flood will reach your grounds. Thus, it will be safer to keep away some of the equipment which might get damaged in case of flooding as well.

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Tip no.4: Listen to the local radio station for weather updates

Listening to your local radio station during storms is important to stay updated. However, power lines are often cut within a storm. Thus, battery-operated or rechargeable radios come handy at these times. It is advised to always keep one at home.

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Tip no. 5: Switch off and unplug appliances

Do not wait for a power interruption. Switch off everything and unplug all appliances when the winds are way too strong. This practice can prevent fire.

Strong winds can destroy electrical wirings, so running an electrical connection during a storm is highly dangerous. This can easily ignite a fire while the strong winds will make it spread faster.

So to prevent a fire incident during a storm, all electrical equipment must be shut down. For unexpected storms when you are not at home and unable to prepare for, install a surge protector. Contact an electrician to talk about the best one for your application.

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Tip no. 6: Report damaged power lines

After the storm, it is best to inspect the surrounding of your house. Stay away from anything that may conduct electricity. If you found damaged power lines in your area, have the authority know so they could take the necessary action.

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Tip no. 7: Ask an expert’s help

Do not try to fix electrical systems on your own. Electrical equipment that has been damaged by water or lightning is very dangerous. Thus, checking and fixing your home’s electrical system must be handled by licensed electricians only.

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Conclusion

Storms can be very alarming but we have to live with it. The least we can do is to have our households ready before a storm hits. Knowing the safety measures to take before, during and after the storm will be very helpful to keep your family safe.

Should you need the service of an experienced electrician, call us on 0422 281 804. Lederlec provides electrical services in Queensland, including Brisbane Northside, Brendale and Petrie. since 2009. Send us a message.

Is your home’s electrical system summer ready?

Is your home’s electrical system summer ready?

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.

Is your home’s electrical system summer ready

Make your summer trouble-free with these electrical safety tips:

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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.

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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.

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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.

Fixing electrical wirings and repairing appliances must be handled by licensed electricians, especially in Brendale, Petrie, and Brisbane Northside.  It is better to be safe than sorry as they say.

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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.

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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.

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Conclusion

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.

Should you need a licensed electrical contractor to get your home ready for the summer? Send us a message today.

3 Ways You Can Create a Comfortable Space in Your Outdoor Area This Summer

3 Ways You Can Create a Comfortable Space in Your Outdoor Area This Summer

3 Ways You Can Create a Comfortable Space in Your Outdoor Area This Summer

Summer is quite harsh in Queensland. However, we also find summer to be the perfect time to bond with our loved ones. Our outdoors plays an important role here. Where else can you grill a barbeque and dip in the pool with your family and friends?

This is the reason your outdoor area needs decorating this season. Try making your patio a little cosier with these three summer outdoor ideas we picked just for you:

3 Ways You Can Create a Comfortable Space in Your Outdoor Area This Summer
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#1 A big ceiling fan will help

Ceiling fans are very convenient in outdoor gatherings.

What you should know about a ceiling fan is that it rotates in two-ways. During the cool season, you can have it in a normal clockwise rotation to move the air upwards. Working along with the heater, this rotation balanced the warmness of the area.

During summer, on the other hand, the ceiling fan shall be set to rotate counter-clockwise. This direction creates a windchill effect. As long as you stay within the range of the fan, air circulates well around you. This will help in our bodies’ perspiration that is much needed during summer.

Another good thing about a ceiling fan is that it doesn’t cost much energy. Since ACs are probably running constantly indoors, it will be wise to choose a ceiling fan for your outdoor area. This way, you get to ventilate both areas without too much strain on your electricity bill.

Ceiling fans also come in various designs and blade sizes. Finding one which will suit your outdoor needs will not be very hard.

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#2 Make your very own cosy space

Bonding with your family and friends is one thing during the summer season. But there are times when you want to spend your alone time outdoors as well. Thus, you might want to have a cosy area outdoors.

Assembling one is simpler since it doesn’t require a lot of space. An outdoor patio with hammock and a nice view can do the trick. You can even add some of your plants around your little space to make it more relaxing. Now, if you happen to own a portable air conditioner, having it in your cosy space will surely lessen the heat. Just make sure that the wirings won’t be touched by water while you are relaxing outside.

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#3 Play with lights

The summer season in Queensland is unique as it coincides with the holiday season. It will not be surprising to have a barbeque dinner under glowing Christmas lights. But should you keep those lights right after the first month of the season? You better not.

Why keep your Christmas lights away when you can use it to decorate your garden? We advise that you choose minimalist lights for decors, single colours and unblinking if possible. This certain light is perfect to brighten up your garden on summer nights.

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Conclusion

Summer is best spent with your loved ones outdoors. It is the best time to bond and have fun while surrounded by nature. With that said, you better be ready for the summer season outdoors this year.

Lederlec always finds it pleasing to help our clients achieve their dream home improvement. Should you need help in installing electrical equipment for your outdoor areas this summer? Send us a message today.

Everything you need to know about the Mandatory Upgrade of Smoke Alarms in Queensland

Everything you need to know about the Mandatory Upgrade of Smoke Alarms in Queensland

Everything you need to know about the Mandatory Upgrade of Smoke Alarms in Queensland

The Fire and Emergency Services Amendment Act of 2016 mandated that every property in Queensland must have a working and interconnected smoke alarms as precautionary measures for fire incident in the area. Commencing on the 1st of January 2017, this act will run for 10 years with the expectation that all properties in Queensland have properly complied with the installation of smoke alarms by the year 2027. 

Everything you need to know about the Mandatory Upgrade of Smoke Alarms in Queensland

The act imposes earlier compliance for rentals, properties for lease and other paid accommodations as they are expected to adhere with the regulations concerning the installation or upgrading of smoke alarms by the 1st of January 2022 which is fast approaching. So if you happened to run a property rental business, you might want to have the compliance done as early as this year to avoid the rush or the penalty whilst you fail to comply by the deadline.

As the 2022 deadline is nearing, the demand in installation services for smoke alarms is getting higher and higher by the passing month, so it is highly advised that you arrange your properties’ compliance as early as now. Additionally, the closer the deadline, the higher rates you will pay for the service, making it wise to take actions ahead of time.

Even though there’s a longer period allotted for homeowners to comply with this safety standard, it is still better to work on it now as following the regulations for smoke alarms can save lives in case of fire. Although 2027 is still far ahead, we may want to make our household safe now. So whether you are running property rentals or you have a house of your own, this article will get you guided to the things you should know about the mandatory upgrade of smoke alarms in Queensland.

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Photoelectric Smoke Alarm

First of all, we need to know that photoelectric smoke alarms are the recommended type for compliance with the regulation. Though most households are utilizing ionization type smoke alarms, the photoelectric type is proven to detect smoke faster. Additionally, instead of a radioactive element, photoelectric alarms make use of light-emitting diode in order to detect smoke making it more environmentally friendly as compared to its counterpart. 

So if you are still using ionization smoke alarms, you might want to upgrade it soon in order to comply with the regulations. 

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When to upgrade?

If you are wondering whether to upgrade or not, the answer is quite simple, it is a matter of years and capacity. If your photoelectric smoke alarms were installed not more than 10 years ago, it will pass the compliance test as long as it functions well upon checking. 

If you are not sure whether your smoke alarms will still work when 2022 comes, better consult an electrical contractor to have it checked for you so you will have it ready when the compliance check is conducted.

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What else to know?

According to the legislation, there must be a photoelectric smoke alarm in every room, hallways and stories of a property. Furthermore, these smoke alarms must be interconnected to one another in order to set off all at once when smoke particles are detected anywhere in the property. 

Lastly, we should remember that smoke alarms must also be hardwired. Otherwise, it must be installed with 10 years of lifespan lithium battery.

Now that you have the idea about the guidelines set for compliance to the Fire and Emergency Services Amendment Act of 2016 QLD, you may want to assess if there is a need to upgrade your existing smoke alarms in Paddington, Greenslopes, Fairfield, Holland Park, Ascot, Windsor, and the West End. 

Whether you are managing property rentals or homeowners, following these guidelines is very important since we do not know when smoke alarms might become handy. Ensuring the safety of the occupants must always be a priority alongside compliance. So even if it was still early, consider having your smoke alarms be assessed today.