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4 Electrical Tips to Keep You & Your Family Safe

You'd do anything to keep your family safe, yet so many people don't take electrical safety as seriously as they should.

Electrical appliances have made our lives easier, but how often do we stop to think about the dangers too.

Here are 4 quick and easy tips from the Circuitry Electrical team to improve your electrical safety at home.

  1. Overloaded Power Boards Powerboards are super convenient, but they are also a common cause of electrical fires in homes and businesses. Let’s say you plug 4 devices into a power board, each pulling 5A. All up, your devices will be pulling 20A out of your 10A wall socket. That can cause an array of issues, such as short-circuiting, and even electrical fires. There are power boards that come with protection against short-circuiting, overloading, or surging, but, you’re unlikely to run into troubles if a single wall outlet isn’t asked to send more than 10A.

  2. Protect Your Cables, Protect Your Family Some simple mistakes can eventually wear through the insulation on a cable, reducing your electrical safety. Some easy steps you can take include: - Pull cables out of sockets by the plug, not the cable itself - Tuck cables neatly out of the way of foot traffic and pets - Don’t jam cables tightly behind furniture

  3. Look High & Low Outside & Inside, whether you’re flying a kite, playing cricket, climbing a tree, or simply doing some housework, possibly the most important electrical safety tip is to watch out for electrical hazards from power points to power lines. Before you do anything outside, take the time to work out where any powerlines might be and steer well clear. Inside and around your home, consider electrical hazards for children and pets. Can they reach or touch power points and cables? Are the cables in good condition?

  4. Don't DIY We all love a DIY project, but some things are left to experts. Electrical work certainly falls into that category. Licensed electricians know how to keep you and your family safe, no matter if it’s a simple addition of a power outlet, a data point, or an entire switchboard upgrade.

For a safe and professional solution to any electrical works, chat to the team at Circuitry Electrical Services on 0414 687 917

According to FireNSW, Electrical appliances and faults cause around 40% of domestic fires.

Keep yourself and your family safe. Mention this blog post for a no-cost and obligation-free electrical safety assessment of your home.

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