Staying safe is easier when you understand the risks and how you can avoid them. These tips will help you take care of yourself, your family and your home when you’re using electricity.
Stay safe with electrical appliances
Replace or repair damaged electrical appliances, that may have frayed cords, cracked housing, or broken plugs.
Turn off power points and appliances when you’re not using them, or if you’re leaving home.
Keep exhaust fans clean and free of lint and dust.
Make sure your appliances have adequate breathing space so they don’t overheat.
If your house was built before 1992, you might need to invest in safety switches for your power and lighting circuits. They’re designed to protect against electric shocks by switching off the power supply within a fraction of a second when an electrical fault occurs.
Every home should have smoke alarms installed.
You should test your smoke alarms weekly, by pushing the test button with the end of a broom. And don’t forget to change your smoke alarm battery every year.
If you have children, pick up some safety plugs or power point covers. They’re easy to use, don’t cost a lot, and insert directly into empty power sockets so your little ones can’t push things they shouldn’t into your power sockets.