Here we’ll discuss five ways to ensure electrical safety at home. This is to prevent electrical failures, interruptions, hazards and possible injuries. In addition, this is also to make sure that you’ll be able to enjoy your home without worrying about your electrical system.
1. Professional electrical installation by qualified personnel
This is the first step to ensuring residential (and commercial) electrical safety. Improper installations might introduce fire hazards or additional burdens to your electrical system. Everything should have the right beginning to minimise problems down the road.
For example, all electrical work should only be done by authorised professionals. This is definitely the case when connecting the residential premises to the electrical distribution system (the grid). This is a Level 2 electrical work that requires specific qualifications, training and certifications.
Aside from connecting the home to the grid, Level 2 electrical work also includes installing and energising the electric meters. Professionals that are NOT authorised to do this might do an improper installation. On the other hand, qualified Level 2 electricians will be able to successfully complete the job.
Although all types of electrical work should be done by a licensed electrician, it’s often not enough to ensure proper work. There are different “levels” of skills and qualifications for various types of electrical work. No matter how small the job seems, only the right person should do the job.
Aside from ensuring proper electrical installation to prevent fire hazards and electrical interruptions, this is also for added assurance when it comes to the worker’s safety. Licensed electricians with the appropriate qualifications are already knowledgeable about the risks inherent in connecting the home to the grid, installing the metering service and other electrical work. Without this knowledge about the risks, the worker is likely to be exposed to danger or death.
This also applies to relatively small electrical jobs such as upgrading old wires and safety switches. Often, handling this type of assignment requires working on an elevated area or platform. Any misstep can result to physical injuries (e.g. fractures, bump to the head). That’s why proper training is required to handle even small and short electrical work.
2. Regular safety inspection
Once you’ve ensured proper and professional installation of your electrical system, it’s now time to ensure it has reliable performance and safety. That’s because from time to time the circuit breaker might trip or the outlets might fail. Perhaps it’s due to natural or artificial causes. After all, accidents and natural degradation still happens.
Also, your home’s electrical system is actually a complex network of wires, cables, outlets, light fittings and other electrical fixtures. Any small defect could actually compromise the whole system. It’s also possible that a few of your heavy duty appliances are putting impossible burdens into your wires and circuit breaker.
These things may also happen during home additions and renovations (more about this later). More wires and outlets were likely added during and after the project. Often, home additions and renovations also mean more appliances. Your home’s electrical system might not have been able to keep up with the new energy demand.
Particularly, installation of additional water heaters, refrigerators or air conditioners might cause major overloading. Through the weeks and months your electrical system might be already suffering in the background.
To determine these things, a regular safety inspection should be in place to check the status of wires, outlets, fittings and circuit breakers. Some parts might be already fried out or exposed (causing electrocution and fire hazards). It’s important to promptly repair or replace these fixtures and this can only be done when there’s an initial inspection.
Most commonly quarterly and annual safety inspections are already adequate to prevent most problems. It’s especially the case when all the major electrical installations were done properly. You should expect that most of the problems won’t occur anytime soon. From time to time there will be small signs to be aware of. But to prevent these scenarios and ensure home electrical safety, it’s still best to take the proactive approach.
3. Staying alert for small signs
Even with professional installation and regular safety inspection, many electrical problems still happen in homes. Perhaps rodents gnawed at the wires or some structural changes compromised the position of the electrical fixtures. Whichever is the case, many serious electrical issues start from small beginnings.
For instance, flickering lights might seem nothing serious. It’s especially the case when it’s already been happening for days and weeks. You might have already gotten used to it which eventually makes it a “background occurrence.” It’s so normal that you feel that nothing should be done about it.
However, a simple flickering light might turn into a serious fire. That’s because the flickering could be caused by loose wiring. The loose wiring and exposed parts might come into contact with the wooden and flammable materials of your home and ceiling.
Although most cases of flickering lights probably won’t turn into something serious, it’s still best to address it promptly to prevent any serious problem from popping up. After all, these things happen in the background and beneath the walls and ceilings. Flickering lights are just the symptoms.
Those “normal” flickers may also signal overloading and electrical burden. Perhaps whenever you turn on the air conditioner the lights flicker. One possible cause is the air conditioner draws in too much electricity thereby depriving the rest of the system. It’s also important to address this promptly to avoid damage to your electrical system and appliances as well.
4. Technical expertise during home additions & renovations
Earlier we mentioned about higher electrical burden due to home additions and renovations (more outlets and wiring). That’s why during this stage it’s also crucial to have a qualified electrician to do the job.
Home additions and renovations can be very tricky because you’re adding another level of complexity to your electrical network. This should be accomplished properly to prevent overloading and ensure proper functioning of all the outlets.
In many home addition and renovation projects (including kitchen and bathroom remodelling), repositioning of wires, outlets and other electrical fixtures is a common task. This should be done safely to prevent hazards and minimise the ruined parts of the home. Also, this task requires some intelligent planning to minimise movement while still ensuring the proper functioning of all electrical fixtures in the home’s new or renovated area.
5. Prompt & professional electrical repairs
Emergencies do happen no matter how careful we are. That’s why there are hotlines that can be called right away in case something unfortunate happens. Thankfully, there are now 24/7 electrical repair services you can rely on anytime of the day or night.
For instance, many South West Sydney residents contact us here at Tiger Electrical Solutions for emergency repairs. We promptly respond to customer requests and deploy an electrician (or a team) to repair faulty wires, power points, light fittings, outlets, ceiling fans, exhaust fans and even smoke alarms.
Truly, in many cases it’s hard to know for sure whether an electrical issue is serious or not. After all, most wires and other electrical fixtures are concealed or hidden from view. You can watch out for the signs mentioned earlier (tripping circuit breaker, flickering lights). But times do come when the issue requires urgent attention and action.
In addition to promptness and urgent action, the problem shouldn’t be encountered again anytime soon. The licensed electrician should always use quality parts and tools to ensure a job well done. Moreover, the job should be done right the first time to prevent hassles and allow you to resume to your normal activities (or sleep) as soon as possible.
Sure ways to ensure electrical safety at home
Here at Tiger Electrical Solutions we do all kinds of jobs to ensure electrical safety in homes and commercial facilities. As a family-owned and -operated electrical contracting business, we’re dedicated to providing fast, friendly, timely and excellent services.
We handle all phases of electrical installations, repairs, maintenance and upgrades. We connect homes to the grid and energise the metre (we’re authorised to do Level 2 electrical work), inspect all electrical fixtures to ensure safety, identify and repair any electrical fault, upgrade switchboards to better match the new energy demand, rewire a full house, install new wiring, reposition electrical fixtures during renovations and much more.
We also offer 24/7 emergency services for after-hours and weekend requests. We always have on-call electricians ready to be deployed to your site no matter the time of the day. So if you need a local electrician here in Campbelltown, South West Sydney, and the greater Sydney metropolitan area you can call us now at 0412 178 132.