When it comes to safety, electricity is not something you want to mess around with. It takes just a few minutes to make sure all the electrical appliances in your home or office are safe, but an accident can occur in a fraction of a second.
Did you know, we are all responsible for electrical safety, never undertake an electrical repair unless you are licenced! It is all too easy to buy an electrical plug and cable from your local hardware store, then just fit the electrical component.
This is not legal and is unsafe, it is too late when someone dies or the house burns down. Get a licenced electrician to do the repair and have peace of mind.
What can you do! Always work safely.
1- Always turn off the switch/power before plugging in or unplugging a plug!
2- Never have water or wet hands when using electrical appliances
3- Always Test your RCD (Residual Current Device) every 6 months and get an electrician to test every 12 months.
4- If an appliance trips a circuit breaker or trips the RCD, unplug and get it checked- Do not use it until it is checked.
5- Turn off your appliances at the PowerPoint, to save power. Many TV’s and DVD players use standby power- when the unit is OFF.
Restricted Electrical Licence
If you have a trade of calling and this trade and your work requires incidental electrical work, like repairs, service and maintenance. It is possible to take a restricted electrical license course in order to become qualified for electrical service work around you trade of calling.
A Queensland electrical license will give you the opportunity to perform electrical tasks for your trade area like – plumbing, fitting, gas fitting, Type B gas appliances and electronic equipment These courses and licenses are extremely important as they will educate you how to work safely when you are dealing with electrical appliances repairs and fittings.
It is important to remember that the restricted electrical licence does not mean you are ready to perform detailed electrical wiring installation work. This licence just gives you the knowledge necessary for performing restricted electrical work/basic jobs that deal with electricity associated with your trade and workplace requirements.
Things to Do and Not Do when Dealing with Electricity
There are several things you should do when it comes to safety in your home and office. First, make sure that every wall switch and electrical outlet in the home has a cover plate and replace any that become damaged. To protect your pets and children you will want to use plastic safety covers on each of your outlets.
Make certain every power circuit in your house and workplace is protected by a working RCD- Residual current device. Should there be a fault in an appliance, the RCD will trip protecting you for electrocution.
All electrical devices should be in good working order. If there are any damaged wires inside the device, and it touches the device’s body it is likely to be touching a bare wire. Extension cords should only be used temporarily. It is also important to keep all electrical devices away from any type of water source.
There are several things you absolutely should not do when it comes to electricity. First, never yank a power cord from the wall, as this can damage both the outlet and the plug of the device. Cords should not be attached to a wall with a nail or a staple as this can damage the wire’s insulation. If attempting to fix an electrical device make sure it is unplugged. If attempting to fix wiring in your home ensure that the main breaker of the home is off.
If you follow these steps, you should remain safe in your home when dealing with electricity.