Electrical safety is the responsibility of us all. While a qualified electrical contractor may be required for electrical specific safety checks, there are a number of things that you can be aware of to make your property much safer.
Stay away from power lines
It sounds so obvious, yet people do get rather too close than is safely acceptable to live power lines. When gardening or performing maintenance tasks around your home, be electrical aware and maintain at least 5m away from energised mains lines.
Keep tree branches clear of power lines
If you have an overhead Western Power line coming into your property, then ensure that tree and shrub branches are kept well maintained and away from live lines. It’s always best to engage a suitably qualified arborist to help you with this job.
Dial before you dig
If you need to dig inside your property and you have underground power, then check your electrical plans if you happen to have them. If not, engage a qualified electrician or contact Dial Before You Dig.
Keep your mains switch or electrical dome clean
Keep this area clear of vegetation. If you live in a bushfire prone area, then it’s advisable to also maintain a cleared zone with bare earth or blue metal around the infrastructure to avoid it burning.
Keep drones away from live power lines
Again this sounds quite obvious, yet there are plenty of cases of drones hitting power lines. Don’t fly them in the vicinity, ever.
Assume it’s high voltage
If you see a power line above or below ground, always assume it’s at least 240 volts. It may be a 12 volt line, but don’t make the mistake the hard way.
Live power and water don’t mix
Keep your inside and outside appliances and extension cords our of water’s way. Use the correct cord for the job, and ensure your appliances are weatherproof if they will be exposed to the elements.
Electrical safety starts with you
Just by being electrical aware, you’re off to a great start to improve the safety of you and your family. If you notice anything out of the ordinary such as burning smells, exposed cables, or simply aren’t sure, ensure you stay well away and call a licenced electrical contractor.
Nixon Electrics serve the people of Bunbury and surrounds for all things electrical. We have a great team of highly experienced and reliable tradespeople, with a great reputation too. Give us a call now or fill in the contact form and one of our team will be able to assist you.