How to Stay Safe During Electrical Maintenance
Failing to perform electrical maintenance can put your home or business at risk of dangerous faults. It’sagainst the law to neglect your electrical systems, with strict regulations applying to the frequency of checks and the types of testing required.
If your electrical systems are due for a check-up, be sure to take the following precautions:
- Stay away from water. Electrical work can be extremely dangerous in damp environments, as water intensifies the conductivity of electrical currents.
- Never use faulty equipment, such as frayed cords or broken plugs.
- Turn off the main source of electricity. Make sure everyone in the building knows you’re doing electrical maintenance so that the power doesn’t get switched back on unexpectedly.
Of course,the most effective way to stay safe while performing electrical maintenance is to get a professional to do it for you.
Electrical Safety Procedures We Follow
To protect our customers and team members, Envious Electrical follows a range of electrical safety procedures, including:
- Risk assessment – Byassessing the condition of your electrical systems, we can tailor our services to suit different hazards and environments.
- Up-to-date equipment – From circuit breakers to insulated gloves, our team uses the most advanced safety equipment available.
- Safety training – Every electrician at Envious Electrical has undergone a level of training that far exceeds statutory requirements. No matter what kind of electrical system we’re dealing with, you can trust us to comply with codes of practice and electrical regulations.
- Testing – Any electrical work completed by Envious Electrical is thoroughly tested to ensure its long-term viability.
Electrical Regulations in Queensland
The electrical industry in Queensland is governed primarily by the Electricity Act 1994 and the Electricity Safety Act 2002. From licensing to industry codes, all issues relating to electricians are dealt with in these pieces of legislation.
At Envious Electrical, we take safety regulations extremely seriously. Whether we’re installing, repairing or maintaining electrical equipment, you can trust us to comply with safety standards.
Common Electrical Hazards and How to Avoid Them
No electrical system is immune to faults. These are some of the most common electrical hazards to keep an eye out for:
- Defective wiring – Cracked, corroded or frayed electrical wires can increase the likelihood of fire and power surges.This issue can be fixed by having the wiring replaced.
- Overheated power boards – Running too many appliances from one power board can cause it to overheat. Avoid this issue by only using one high-voltage appliance at a time (for example, unplug your heater before turning on your hair dryer).
- Unprotected electrical outlets – Keep young children away from electrical equipment by covering your outlets in a protective casing.
- Malfunctioning appliances – Whether your appliance has overheated, started smoking or stopped working, you should stop using it immediately. Having your electrical systems looked at may help resolve the issue.
Devices You Can Use to Protect Yourself During DIY or Home Renovations
If you’re confident you have the skills and experience to do your own electrical work, consider investing in the following devices:
- Residual Current Device (RCD) – Used for measuring electrical current, this device can prevent fatal shocks. It works by shutting down an electrical system when it senses any change in the direction of the current.
- Isolating transformer – By providing an electrical supply that is isolated from the earth, having an isolating transformer on hand can protect you from electrocution. It needs to be placed as close as possible to the electrical outlet.
- Clear-back sockets and plugs – These nifty devices can make faulty wiring easier to spot.
- Circuit breaker – Designed to stop the flow of electricity, circuit breakers are effective at preventing fires.
The experts might make it look easy, but electrical work can be extremely hazardous. Even if you have plenty of experience in DIY projects, you should never handle electrical equipment without the help of an experienced electrician.
For more advice on electrical safety, get in touch with Envious Electrical today.