Home Electrical Safety Checklist
As much as home electrical safety is often overlooked or taken for granted, it is extremely crucial to take the necessary precautionary measures. Taking these measures enhance the safety of the people living in the house (you and your family); protecting your home from damages that can eventually lead to greater mishaps. Often times, we do not perform the required checks because we don’t realise it should happen or we don’t think it’s important or we just simply run out of time in our ever busy lives. This can sometimes even lead to irreversible damage in your house, which worse case, could lead to a major fire.
To avoid such situations from occurring, you need to follow certain precautionary measures.
Let’s take a quick look at 15 checks that you need to conduct for home electrical safety:
- You have installed safety switches and test them at least quarterly.
- A licensed electrician always do the electrical works.
- Your solar power system is checked annually.
- You can easily locate the manufacturer’s instructions for use of electrical equipment.
- The safety of power poles on your property is checked at least every 5 years.
- Your lights are not covered by the ceiling insulation.
- Before you go into the ceiling space you always turn the power off.
- The power points and switches in your home are not damaged.
- There are plastic safety plug covers on unused accessible power points to protect against young children.
- Damaged electrical appliances are repaired or thrown away properly.
- The electrical appliances are nowhere near wet areas or pools.
- The earth stake of your home is in good condition.
- The overhead power lines are noticeable especially when you use ladders.
- The party lights you use outside are appropriate for external use.
- Your kids and other people in the house are also aware of electrical safety.
Taking these precautionary measures can help you remain under the safe radar. Home electrical safety is an extremely important aspect whether your home is brand new, rented or you’ve had it for a while. This makes it crucial to make sure that all the necessary safety measures are always in place. If you have checked out all the points from the checklist above, you are good to go!
If you have any concerns or something you need help with, I’m your local licensed and qualified electrician – here to help keep you, your family and your home safe. As is pounded in our training, electricity can kill. Please don’t take any risks with your electricity, home and those who live within it.
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