It is beneficial to engage an experienced expert to review your electrical safety equipment.
A certificate of electrical safety provides the evidence needed to ensure that any issues within your property are fixed prior to they cause injury or damage. There is no legal requirement for the installation of electrical devices to be independent assessed unless it’s being re-installed, has been significantly modified or moved or a certificate to work was denied.
In all other cases, building regulations only require equipment to be checked by a trained person who does not have to be an electrician, but must be aware of what they are doing.
A typical electrical safety inspection includes testing the installation to make sure it meets the building regulations applicable to it, IEE Wiring Regulations, as well as the manufacturer’s recommendations. Problems can include excess electrical cables, overloaded sockets or faulty equipment which might result in a fire.
The certificate also covers the appliances that are connected to the system, like kettles, heaters, or heaters. They are therefore safe to use.
An experienced professional will conduct an electrical inspection. He will provide suggestions on how to deal with any issues prior to causing damage or injury.
If you rent your property and you are a tenant, you may be able to ask for an electrical safety inspection under the conditions of your tenancy agreement.
Electrical safety tips to be aware of during home renovations
The experts at the University recommend homeowners take these precautions when renovating.
1. Do not remove the switch that controls the main circuit or an isolated circuit breaker if you are using electricity from another area of the house. This includes plugging in appliances into outlets that are controlled by a wall-mounted switch.
2. Before wiring the circuit start wiring, ensure that the power indicator light to dim when you turn off the circuit breaker.
3. If you have to turn off an isolated circuit breaker while an electrical device is connected to it, turn off electrical service on the main switch before using the wires controlled by the circuit breaker.
4. Utilize an extension cable to supply the power. Use the shortest length possible and make sure it’s not overloaded. If you are using a cord that is longer, be sure that it is approved by UL for appliances that use high-watts.
5. Take care when working with older wiring tools, specifically three-way switches. These devices have not been used for many years. If they are not installed correctly they can be a risk of electrocution or even shock.
6. Use only electrical fixtures tested to be compliant with Australian standards, for example those made by Schneider Electric, Wylex or HPM.
7. Make sure your candles are free of combustible material. Don’t allow candles to go alone.
8. Wear shoes that have rubber soles, remain on a level surface, and don’t use damaged extension cords. Don’t cut the cord of an old appliance and plug it into another or a different one unless they have the same voltage rating.
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