How to protect your family against winter electrical hazards
4 tips to ensure the safety of your family and your home
Since the cold season is almost over, many homeowners tend to underestimate winter electrical hazards. Yet the rate of electrical accidents at home keeps increasing due to lack of attention, time or knowledge. In this blog, we’ve put together a quick winter safety checklist to help you keep yourself and your loved ones safe.
Did you know that, according to Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, there were more than 550 house fires registered since January 1st this year? Unfortunately, even the smallest mistake can sometimes become a major risk. That’s why following some basic guidelines is a great idea to prevent all these winter electrical hazards from happening. Here’s what we recommend you do in order to get through the winter without incidents:
1) Arrange an electrical safety inspection to check your home electrical equipment
When dealing with electricity, it is extremely important to take every safety measure. So why not start with an electrical safety inspection? This shows you whether the electrical circuits and appliances in your home are still in perfect working order, or if they need to be fixed ASAP.
Generally, during an inspection a licensed electrician will carry out assessments and test appliances, circuits, and outlets. They’ll then hand over a report showing you the potential risks they’ve found, along with recommendations and solutions to fix the issues.
An electrical safety inspection can bring you the peace-of-mind of keeping yourself and your family safe.
2) Check your smoke alarm systems
Are your smoke alarms still in good working order or are they just ceiling decorations? It’s important to make sure that you have a proper number of functional smoke alarms throughout your home. This way you keep your family and your home safe at all times.
Changing the battery at least once a year is another “must do” on your winter electrical safety checklist. Not sure when the last time you changed the batter was? Try this – change your clock, change your battery! Make April 1st the “check-and-replace-the-smoke-alarm-batteries” day.
Together with a proper maintenance performed by your local electrician, you can always rely on your smoke alarm!
3) Test your safety switches
Safety comes first! And so do your safety switches! This apparently simple device can switch off the electricity in a circuit – in case of a fault – in as little as 0.3 seconds. It is fast enough to save a life in the event of a domestic electrical accident.
According to Workplace Health and Safety Queensland, safety switches have been compulsory on the power outlet circuits of new homes since the early 1990s. Today, homes with electrical installation extended to include additional lighting and power point circuits must have safety switch protection on both lighting and power point circuits.
So don’t ignore your legal obligations! Play it safe with safety switches!
4) Pay attention to where you place electric heaters and light bulbs
Whether you choose a heat lamp or other types of electric heaters to keep you warm this winter, remember one thing: location, location, location! We recommend you to place heaters in open spaces rather than enclosed areas such as under the desk. Setting heaters in enclosed spaces could lead to overheating and fire.
Similarly, keep light bulbs away from flammable materials such as plastics, drapes and bedding. For your safety, if you’re still using incandescent or halogen lights, think about upgrading them to the more energy-efficient CFL or LED lights.
Make sure light and heat don’t become winter electrical hazards, and find a safe spot to enjoy a cosy, bright atmosphere at home!
Talk to Jaric Electrical for help with home electrical safety
If you need any electrical services, call Jaric Electrical at 1300 452 742 and get personalised advice and solutions for your home.
Until next time, stay tuned for more tips and tricks on how you can protect your family against winter electrical hazards!