Top 5 Fire safety tips from professional electricians

Electricity plays a major role in most people’s lives, your friendly local electrician on The Gold Coast is the best person to check and safeguard your home or work premises from electrical fires caused by electrical faults. Most people use electricity from when they first wake, to the time they retire each night, powering all their modern conveniences.

Unfortunately, most people have grown so used to having electricity, they take it for granted and forget just how dangerous it can be, if every precaution to protect ourselves from it is not taken.

Following these fire safety tips from professional electricians will help to avoid the possibility injury, death damage to your property:

  1. Never do any DIY electrical installations

It’s illegal to do any DIY electrical repairs or installations anywhere in Australia except for low voltage (12 to 24 volt) applications that are not connected to mains power. The only people who are permitted to do any electrical work on the Gold Coast are qualified and registered electricians on the Gold Coast. If you do your own electrical repairs or installations, your insurance can be invalidated and you’re liable for any injury or damage caused.

2. Safety switches and Wiring

Ask you local electrician on the Gold Coast to install the appropriate safety switches or (RDC’s) and circuit breakers in your home and business. There are childproof safety switches available that prevent children placing objects into electrical outlets.

It’s vital to check all of your safety switches are working regularly as well as ensuring all electrical wiring is checked every few years.

Wiring issues can cause fires, so look out for any strange smells, outlets that are discolored or distorted, flickering lights or appliances that are not functioning correctly. These are indications you need to call your local electrician on the Gold Coast as soon as possible to have your circuits checked.

3. Smoke detectors, alarms

Smoke alarms must be either fitted with a ten year battery that is not removable or hardwired so they are always working. There must be a smoke alarm in every bedroom and corridors outside bedrooms. Also, it should be on every floor of each building and installed on exit paths from the building

4. Emergency lighting

Ask your friendly local electrician on The Gold Coast to advise you about the most suitable form of emergency lighting for your property

5. Electricity and water

After storms, high winds or flooding, it’s important to have your wiring checked.

Make a visual check of the mains wires where they enter your home and all your power outlets.

If you think there is anything in your wiring or circuitry that’s not normal or any of your electrical fitting have been submerged or affected by water, call your friendly local electrician on the Gold Coast to have your system checked as soon as possible to prevent the chances of fire caused by overheating and damaged wires.

Top Precautions to take during Power Outage

Power outages are becoming more common around the Gold Coast because of natural disasters as well as energy shortages and a large increase in consumer demands. Ask your electrician in Tweed Heads to install an emergency powers supply with back up batteries in your home for safety. If your budget conscious you can have a simple system that just turns on a few strategically placed lights during a power outage or you can have a generator hooked up to replace the power mains in the event of a power failure.

You can dramatically reduce the effects of power outages by taking a few precautions in your home or business such as:

  • Have an emergency plan worked out with your family or other occupants of the building so you all know what to do during a power outage
  • Have the number of the local power company and your local electrician in Tweed Heads as well as emergency services on your phone and the phone of others in the building
  • Know the local risks and be prepared
  • Consider the needs of young people, old people and people with disabilities in regard to how they will cope and the stress it may cause them
  • Have an updated emergency kit on hand that allows for everyone to remain self sufficient for several days. This should include water, emergency rations, torches and spare batteries, a cell phone, a radio and any critical medical supplies
  • It’s also advisable to have an emergency tool kit with equipment you could need including a shovel, large knife, axe, pliers, hammer, nails, screwdriver and insulation tape.

During a power outage

The first thing you need to do is establish if the outage only affects your property or if it covers a larger area. This can be done by looking at other properties to see if they have power.

If others have power it means there is a problem with your power supply, so:

  • Check to make sure it’s not a circuit breaker. If it’s not a circuit breaker fault check to see if the service lines are still intact, but do not touch any electrical wiring.
  • In the event that your electrical wires are damaged or down, or your neighbours power is also out, call your electrical supplier or faults

If the outage occurs at night and you have an emergency lighting system, turn off all appliances and lights. If you don’t have one leave at least one light on so you can tell when the power is restored

  • Try and avoid opening your fridge or freezer to preserve their cooling ability
  • Do not use generators, fires or charcoal type cookers inside for cooking or lighting as they give off dangerous gasses.
  • Candles should never be left unattended especially if people are sleeping cooking or lighting equipment

After you have had a power outage ask your local electrician in Tweed Heads to check your wiring to ensure its safe as surges after a power outage can affect or damage wiring and equipment.