Five electric safety tips for home renovation

Many Australians like to renovate their homes to make them more liveable and increase their resale value. There are a lot of things you can do yourself to save money, but one thing you are not allowed by law to do is any electrical work. You need to contact an experienced electrician on the Gold Coast to do it for you.

The things you can do yourself

  • Install garden lights and pond pumps that are 12 volts
  • Install your own battery powered smoke detectors
  • Install self contained solar lights
  • Install any 12 volt system that is not connected to the mains power, such as solar panels and switch gear
  • Change the fuse wire on old style fuses
  • Change ordinary light bulbs
  • Install wall ovens, wall mounted fans and air conditioning units, but you must have a licensed electrician do the electrical connections
  • Replace the drive belt on clothes dryers and washing machines

Only Professional, Registered and licensed Electricians are allowed to do an electrical jobs in Australia or New Zealand

Electrical work is very heavily regulated to protect the safety of everyone, whether it’s for residential industrial or commercial applications.

Whenever you hire an electrician, ask to see their current valid electrical license. Electrical jobs are defined by law as manufacturing, maintaining, testing, installing, repairing, changing or altering, replacing or removing any electrical part, fitting or equipment.

You should also ask to see a verification of a current insurance policy for at least $5 million public liability cover.

There are special regulations that cover power outlets in rooms that also provide water, such as kitchens, bathrooms, laundries and outside areas, especially areas that contain a pool, spa or sauna, so talk with your local electrician on the Gold Coast about checking these.

Some things you cannot do yourself

  • Replace light switches or fittings
  • Place a ceiling fan on a light circuit or a light socket
  • Make an extension cord
  • Replace the plug or mend a power lead
  • Make a power board
  • Extend any electric wires

Safety Tips While Renovating

  • Always ensure the power is turned off if working on areas where there are electric wires or switches
  • Try not to bend electrical leads, keep them as straight as possible, but keep them out of the way
  • Only use correctly rated and fused power boxes and extension leads and ensure they are protected from the elements
  • Do not double up on double adaptors and power boards

Often when you use more power than your circuitry is rated for your safety switches will flip out. It is a good idea to get to know your fuse box so in emergencies you can reset the safety switches if needed and avoid calling your local electrician on the Gold Coast and having to pay an unnecessary call out fee.

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