As a well-established electrical business dealing with residential and commercial clients we get asked a lot of electrical questions based around electrical safety. With this in mind, we thought that we’d answer some of the most frequently asked questions right here in a blog post.
What can I do to make sure that my premises is electrically safe?
By far the most effective way to stop electrically-related injuries and fatalities is to carry out regular routine inspections. You don’t need to be an electrical engineer to do this but you do need to know what to look out for. Things like frayed wiring, broken sockets, plugs that get hot, signs of charring around sockets, and switches that keep tripping, are all signs that your electrics need investigating further. If this is the case, don’t undertake any repairs yourself. Instead call out an electrical engineer as soon as possible.
What can I plug into a power strip/board?
Firstly don’t try to overload power strips by piggy backing plugs into a socket using multi-adaptors. Remember all power boards have a maximum current rating so overloading is dangerous. With this in mind, don’t attempt to plug high wattage equipment such as heaters, A/C units, ovens, and power showers into them as they might overheat the circuit wiring and could cause a fire.
What equipment needs to be tagged and tested?
In the workplace Australian law requires electrical equipment to be tagged and tested. This is required for all equipment that is frequently used. This includes power tools, electrical machinery, and domestic items such as microwaves, toasters, and kettles. This needs to be carried out by a fully licensed electrical contractor. Tests involve checking the electrical safety of each device making sure that it functions correctly without risk of causing either electrical shock or fire. Once tested each item carries a tag containing the date of test, whether it has passed inspection and by whom.
How Do I Know If My Home Wiring Needs An Upgrade?
While a full wiring upgrade can be an expensive business, there are times when it’s necessary to ensure the safety of you and your family. For instance, old wiring (particularly in houses over 40 years old) should be replaced to accommodate modern living. If your home contains aluminium wiring (popular in the 1960’s and 70’s) it’s now considered a safety hazard and should also be replaced. Finally, if you are constantly using extension cabling and power strips to power your ever increasing array of gadgets, you should consider a rewire complete with more plug sockets.
If you have any electrical questions you need advice on or have an electrical issue that needs fixing, then talk to Static Electrics. With our highly skilled team of fully licensed electrical engineers there’s nothing that we can’t solve. Contact us on 07 5445 8305 for a free, no-obligation quote.