The ultimate home electrical safety checklist
8 things to check for safety around your home
Why do you need an electrical safety checklist at your home? It’s simple: to keep you and your family protected. Without a regular electrical safety inspection, you and your family may be exposed to high electrical risks.
At Jaric Electrical, we believe prevention is always better than repair. That’s why electrical safety should be your no. 1 priority at home, no matter what. Don’t ignore the warning signs – take care of electrical problems in your home as soon as they come up. That way, you will avoid faulty wiring, electric shocks and other electrical risks around the home.
We’ve put together the following electrical safety checklist that shows why prevention is always better than repair. Plus, you will save time, money and energy in the long term!
1) Overall electrical system
In general, you need to make sure your overall electrical system is working properly at all times. You should pay attention to an old system as it may become dangerous and even cause you problems when you least expect it.
For example, something as small as a lighting wire out of place could result in injuries and even a house fire. Avoid this by having a professional electrician come periodically to test your electrical system.
Since it’s considered the ‘operational heart’ of your home, it’s crucial that you have the right switchboard in place. A regular inspection will help you determine whether it is still in good working order or it needs to be replaced.
3) Smoke alarms
It’s a fact: only functional smoke alarms save lives. That’s why you should regularly test your smoke alarm to make sure it works, since you don’t want to find out the hard way that they are no longer doing their job. With a simple press of a button, you keep your home and family safe.
Whether it’s checking or replacing batteries or removing the dust from the grille, all smoke alarms should become part of your home maintenance routine.
4) Switchboards lighting system
Don’t forget about including your indoor and outdoor lighting system in your electrical safety checklist. No matter the type of lights you use – halogen, CFL or LED bulbs – they all need to be inspected from time to time. As you already know, some of them may pose a risk to your health, so always choose the lights that are safest to use and have the lowest energy consumption.
If you see your lights flicker or acting weird in any way, don’t wait to be left in the dark but take action instead! Call in your electrician to check your lighting system and give you professional advice.
5) Power points
Of course, power points are considered to be an important element in your home electrical system. Also known as GPOs or socket outlets, they make a connection between electricity and people. But every once in a while, power points can have some particular issues. If you take the time to check them regularly, it will lead to far less danger from shocks.
6) Safety switches
We all know that safety switches are meant to save lives. Unlike fuses or circuit breakers, they protect the people living in your house and not just the electrical equipment. Usually, if a safety switch trips, this means it’s actually doing its job. However, if this happens too often you should really get your electrician to inspect it. Remember to play it safe with safety switches!
7) Cooling and heating systems
Another important thing to consider about your electrical devices is checking your cooling and/or heating equipment. Whether you own a split system or a ducted air conditioning system, you should always ensure it is maintained properly to help it work at its peak performance with maximum energy efficiency.
8) Electrical appliances
Lastly, there are many electrical appliances in your home that, when they’re old and outdated, are probably no longer running efficiently. This can eventually come at a major cost to the environment as well as to your pocket.
Although hanging on to old appliances that still work makes perfect sense, some things such as washing machines, dishwashers and microwaves should at least be checked periodically for quality control purposes. And if you think your old appliances is draining a lot of power when they run, then it may be time for a change.
Talk to Jaric about a professional electrical safety check
A regular check for potential electric hazards in your home should be part of your electrical safety checklist. That way, you may actually be able to prevent many accidents from happening.
Ultimately, this will reduce your stress levels and also lower your electric bill due to better energy usage. For your safety, investing in an electrician is one of the best decisions that you will make as a homeowner.
If you’d like to create a personalised electrical safety checklist, our friendly team of experts at Jaric Electrical would be happy to assist you. Give us a call today on 1300 452 742 or contact the team online.