What are the top electrical safety requirements every household should have?

By law in Queensland all existing domestic electrical installations are required to have at least one residual current device or a safety switch that will interrupt the power supplied to all power points if an electrical leakage is detected. It’s recommended that your electrician on the Gold Coast installs RDC’s on every circuit in your homes electrical system so that it a leakage does occur in a particular circuit, that circuit will be shut down but the unaffected circuits will remain operable.

Individual safety switches can be installed in all power points or any extension cord or board for additional safety

  • New Homes

When building a new home or making an addition, all power points must be protected with safety switches (RDC’s) and it’s advisable to also have RDC’s on lighting circuits. An RDC must be installed before any new electrical work or rewiring is allowed to be carried out in a home in Australia

  • Existing homes

All leasehold or rented domestic residences are required to have RDC’s on all power points in the homes electrical system

All houses sold after 1st September 2002 require an RDC to be installed if any electrical work is done on them. This work can only be done by a qualified and registered electrician on The Gold Coast

If a property is sold an RDC must be installed on the main power supply within three months of the sale date

There are some important safety requirements for every home; these include having an electrical safety checklist and having your home inspected by your friendly local electrician on the Gold Coast on a regular basis or if you suspect you may have an electrical problem because you experience any of the following:

  • You feel any type of tingling sensation if you touch a light switch, power cord or appliance
  • If any of your circuit breakers flip or your fuses blow regularly
  • If any of your switches or electrical fitting give of a burnt or rubbery smell
  • If your switches or plugs feel warm or hot to the touch, appear to be deformed or discoloured
  • If there are sparks when you connect or disconnect fittings or operate switches
  • If there is any water leaking around any electrical appliances or power points
  • Your lights start to dim or flicker

It’s important to check that all electrical cords and plugs are in good condition before using. Your electrical plugs should fit together firmly and snugly ask your Gold Coast electrician to replace any frayed damaged or loose connections.

  • Make sure your light bulbs are the correct wattage for your fittings and circuits
  • Don’t overload power circuits by having too many appliances on any given circuit. Your local electrician on The gold Coast will be able to install additional circuits it required
  • Use tamper-proof electrical power points if you have children
  • It is illegal to do any electrical repairs yourself, you must have a licenced and registered electrician to do any electrical repairs or installations

Every home by regulation must have at least one safety switch (RDC), ask your local electrician on the Gold Coast to check your electrical circuits and insure your RDC’s are working correctly at least every two years. They will show you how to do a monthly homeowners RDC test so you can be sure they are working properly.