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.