When was the last time you walked through your home or office and completed a safety check? If you can’t remember or you answered never then it’s time to talk about the importance of why you should complete a home safety check.
What is a Safety Check?
A safety check involves making sure your electrical circuits and equipment are not overloaded. Deficiencies and potential problems are easily highlighted so that any electrical hazards in the installation can be rectified immediately.
Many older houses that have not been inspected for many years may still be equipped with faulty earthing or bonding which means they may be a time bomb waiting to explode.
Here are a few things that you should be checking on a regular basis;
- Service appliances in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions -Clean the lint filter in your clothes dryer after each use
- Check electric blankets at the start of each winter for damaged wires, plugs, leads and hot spots – dispose of any electric blanket that is damaged
- Remove any build-up of materials around the electric motor of exhaust fans, such as fluff, dust, lint etc -Clean rangehood filters regularly
- Clean ovens and cooktops regularly to prevent the build-up of spilled fats and burnt foods
- Do not spray household cleaners, detergents and insecticides on electrical accessories – they may cause cracking and create an electrical hazard.
What issues will a Safety Check expose?
Electrical issues are the largest cause of property damage in house fires across Australia. To identify and address electrical safety issues.
Why should you complete a Safety Check on your home?
The main reason for having an electrical inspection done is simply to have peace of mind knowing that you are safe.
An inspection is a must if;
- Your house is more than 25 years old and has not had an inspection.
- You have old wiring in your house.
- You have any concerns about equipment that has been operating erratically, especially if appliances more than 5 years old.
- You are selling your property. This is a good selling point to present to any potential buyers.
Electrical Safety is our biggest concern at Mr. Electric®. Our electricians are here to help make sure your home or business is as safe as it can be. Our expert electricians can help you with childproofing outlets, whole house surge protectors, wiring upgrades, and electrical safety inspections, just to name a few.
What happens during an Electrical Safety Check?
During an assessment the Mr Electric will do a visual audit and run some detailed tests with the power switch off. Once the tests are completed your system is restored to its original condition and you will receive advice of the inspection along with an explanation of the implications.
The report you receive will contain an assessment of the overall condition of your electrical installation and whether it is safe or in need of repair.
It will summarise the results of the tests and any limitations that existed when the testing was done along with a list of items that need attention.
Schedule your free electrical safety inspection today with Mr. Electric for a detailed, prioritised checklist of recommendations for your home.