Over a two year period between 2014 and 2016,1493 Australians were hospitalised as a result of an electrical accident. Out of these 163 resulted in fatality. That’s a little over 80 deaths a year which could easily have been prevented. So whether you’re at home or at work, it’s important to make electrical safety high on your New Year’s Resolutions list in 2017. With this mind, here are some top safety tips.
In 2015 alone there were a reported 4070 house fires in Australia sadly resulting in 17 deaths. Many of these were reported as electrical faults. If you want to avoid being part of next year’s statistic then you might want to follow these subsequent steps.
Get your home grid checked out
Old or faulty electrics are one of the biggest killers, so for this reason it pays to get your home grid checked out. Make sure you have sufficient circuit breakers and plug sockets and ensure any old rewiring is replaced. A qualified electrical engineer will be able to tell whether your wiring is both modern and safe.
Ensure devices are compatible with your home’s electricity supply
As technology emerges, bigger devices are drawing more power from our systems. As they do so it can cause electrical failures if your home doesn’t have the sufficient electrical supply to cope with the constant demand for technology. So before you install any given device (A) check to see if it’s compatible and (B) ensure your electrical supply is sufficient enough to cope.
WORKPLACE ELECTRICAL SAFETY
As Australian workplace deaths are on the decrease, sadly electrical fatalities are on the rise. Already this year, 3 people have been killed in separate electrical incidents in the workplace. So if you want to prevent a workplace fatality in your business, here are some of the steps you might want to take.
Conduct regular safety training
Ensure that every member of staff is trained in all aspects of electrical safety. So conduct regular safety training or speak to someone who can do it for you. This way by making staff aware of the dangers of electrical equipment, they’ll be more vigilant and aware. In addition ensure there are sufficient posters regarding the importance of electrical safety erected around the work place to act as a reminder.
Tag and test all equipment
By law all workplace electrical equipment should be tagged and tested. This includes everything from toasters, kettles, and microwaves in staff kitchens through to computers, electrical equipment and machinery. So ensure that it has been tested and passed as safe by a qualified electrical engineer. This should already form part of an annual risk assessment but if it isn’t then don’t forget to include it on the next one.
For best practice, any electrical machinery should require that new users follow a planned safety program before they can work individually. This way employees become more aware of any electrical safety concerns with a particular machine and will take the necessary precautions.
If you think you have an electrical problem in your home or need advice on an electrical safety in the workplace, then don’t hesitate to give Static Electrics a call. All our fully licensed technicians have year’s of experience and have the skills to assist with a wide variety of issues. Contact us today on 07 5445 8305 for a free, no obligation quote and keep safe!