Precautions you should take while using Electric Blankets

Even in the semi tropics on the Gold Coast it can get very cold at night, especially when the wind blows up from the Deep South and across the interior. This is when winter accessories like electric blankets come out. Here are some tips on their safe use from your friendly local electrician on the Gold Coast:

Over the years electric blankets have greatly improved and now you can get an electric under blanket or an electric over blanket, but as they both use electricity there are some concerns. As long as you observe a few basic safety rules you can safely enjoy a heated bed.

  • Only use an over electric blanket on top, never sleep on this type of electric blanket as they are threaded with electric coils that could be damaged
  • Only use an electric under blanket under you, they are designed to be flat against the mattress and usually come with straps to keep them in place, they should not be folded or wrapped around the body as they could be damaged
  • Make sure that there are no heavy objects on your electric blanket when it’s in use as this can cause a heat buildup in that area
  • Use your electric blanket to warm your bed and then when you enter the bed turn it off
  • Check your electric blanket to be sure it has an auto turn-off feature in case it overheats
  • Never place the electric cord of your electric blanket between your mattress and the base of the bed or box spring as the cord could heat up and become a fire hazard
  • It’s nice to have a warm place for pets to sleep, but get them a special pet electric blanket as they could easily bite or scratch a hole in yours, damaging it and its internal wiring stopping it from working properly or becoming a fire hazard

Cleaning Your Electric Blanket

It is very important to follow the manufacture’s instruction when washing an electric blanket. Some types are washable and some are not. Never try and wash an electric blanket unless you’re sure it is the washable kind. If you have any doubt, talk with your friendly local electrician on the Gold Coast about it.

Most under electric blankets are protected by an over sheet which is similar to as mattress protector so should never get dirty

If you have an over electric blanket that is not washable it should be inside a special cover to keep it clean and then you can wash the cover as required

Some additional safety tips

  • Never use more than one electric heating products at one time as the increased heat could lead to overheating of your core body temperature
  • Don’t allow the cords to become wrapped around the controls to avoid damage
  • If you notice anything different or unusual in the operation of your blanket or any smells turn it off and have it inspected

An electric blanket is a great thing to have on a cold night, but like all electrics it needs to be cared for. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning, storing and using it and never lie on an over-the-top-type blanket or place an under electric blanket on top of you for your safety.

5 tips to protect your home from power failures

Power outages are very common all around Queensland, so it’s important that you protect your home and all your electrical equipment when they occur. Your friendly local electrician in Tweed Heads can advise you on the right type of surge protectors for your particular application and needs as well as installing them in your home, at a very reasonable cost.

Backup generators and solar power generating systems are great for when you have a blackout. These can take over instantly if they have been set up properly. Having surge protectors can help eliminate any possible danger from fire hazards as a result of power surges causing equipment to overheat or burn out.

Power outages can be caused by natural disasters such as storms, cyclones, earthquakes and bush fires. They are also often the result of an unusual high demand during heat waves or severe cold snaps and well as when there are scheduled, power line maintenance activities.

For these reasons it’s impossible to know when you’re going to be affected by blackouts or for how long. These five tips will ensure you’re properly prepared:

  1. Be Prepared

It pays to always be prepared for power failures and to ensure your property is adequately protected from the possible consequences of a power outage. Having a sound backup plan to help you and your family cope is advisable.

  1. Protect Your Electronics

Ask your local electrician in Tweed Heads to supply and fit the correct type and number of surge protectors to protect all your electronic gear. This includes refrigerators, freezers, washing machines, electric ranges, TV’s, sound systems, computer equipment and air conditioners, in fact, everything electrical as well as your security system.

Some people even like to have an isolation switch installed that shuts down all their electrical equipment in the event of a blackout or for when leaving their home unattended for any length of time

  1. Backup Systems

You can ask your local electrician in Tweed Heads to install a backup power system for you that automatically kicks in if required and turns off the mains circuitry so there is no risk of power surge when the power resumes.

These systems can use generators or batteries that have the advantage of being silent and the option of being solar charged

  1. Keep Your Home Secured

Whether you use alarms, CCTV cameras or other security devices, it’s important that they are able to operate independently from the mains power source, because when there is a blackout all power is lost. This means that if your security system does not have an alternative power source it will shut down completely. So you need to have a backup plan

  1. Avoid Candles and Naked flame During Blackouts

Candles and naked flames cause many home fires during blackouts, so to reduce the risk of fire use battery powered torches and flashlights. You can also have wired in emergency lighting that comes on automatically in the event of a blackout

How to choose the best local electrician on the Gold Coast?

When you need an electrician on the Gold Coast it’s important that you find the best local properly qualified and licensed electrician to do your electrical work.

The following ideas will help you locate the best local electrician on the Gold Coast:

  • You need an electrician

To do any electrical repairs apart from changing a standard light bulb or operating electrical appliances you need an electrician. Any alterations, adjustments or repairs can only by law be done by a professional electrician.

Even if the job seems to be  simple and you feel you are capable of doing it, by doing so you become liable for any injuries or damage that results from doing so and any insurance claim you make is likely to be rejected. You are also likely to be charged with a criminal offense which can carry a large fine or a custodial sentence.

  • Qualifications to Look for in an Electrician
  1. An electrician must have completed their 4 year apprenticeship and had 12 months on-site experience and hold an electrician’s licence
  2. They must be a registered electrical contractor
  3. All electricians must issue electrical compliance certificates that show the work was done following the states and Australian Standards regulations
  • Finding the best Electrician on The Gold Coast

Start by looking up local customer testimonials and reviews. In the same way as many people now check the internet to find a great restaurant looking for the best electrician should start with customer reviews. Be wary of any electrician who don’t list themselves on review websites or have poor reviews, they may be cheaper, but the reviews are a good indication of the service you can expect.

Try Facebook and other social media sites band ask your social community for quality recommendations.

Finding the Best Trustworthy Electrician

  • Ask Friends, Family and Co-workers

It’s very likely that some of your friends, family members or co-workers have had a good experience with one or more of the local electricians and are happy to make a positive recommendation. It’s also possible that you will find out about those electricians who are best avoided.

  • Ask Trusted Contractors

If you know any contractors, local trades people or supply companies, they usually will be able to suggest some quality electricians you can approach.

  • Online

A local online search will locate all the electricians in your area, expect the best ones to be popular so have a waiting list.

Carefully check their online reviews to get an idea of their skill level and business ethics.

  • Get Quotes

Always ask for a quote and before you make your final decision check the prices they require, it’s not a good sign if the price is very cheap and on the other hand a very high price does not guarantee a quality job.

  • Check Licences

A good, trustworthy electrician on the Gold Coast will offer their licence to show they are genuine and supply a certificate of safety, if they are reluctant then look elsewhere.

Finding the best local electrician on the Gold Coast comes down to asking locals which electricians are fully qualified and have consistently provided the best standard of work. But expect they will be busy and you’ll need to wait.