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Electricity has revolutionized our homes and lives. It has become something we take for granted – out of sight, out of mind – but it’s important not to get complacent about electrical safety in your home.

Electrical safety in the home

Here are some tips from Ikon Electrical to help keep your family safe from any electrical mishaps –

  1. Do not overload power points. As electricians, we see this all the time when we go into homes. Best practice is one plug per socket. If you need to double up, use a power board that has in-built safety devices.
  2. Keep an eye on power sockets, chords and appliances. Make sure they are in good order. If chords are burnt or frayed, stop using them until an electrician can check them.
  3. Always keep electrical devices away from water.
  4. Don’t tug on chords when unplugging devices, disconnect by holding the plug. And, if you have small children, insert childproof plugs into the sockets.
  5. Always use a licensed electrician to carry out any electrical work in your home. Don’t be tempted to do a backyard job. Most house fires start with electrical faults, it is simply not worth the risk.
  6. Make sure you have safety switches in your meter box. Test these regularly, say every three months. You can do this yourself by pressing the ‘test’ button. If the safety switch is working, it should turn your power off. If in doubt, call your electrician.
  7. Smoke alarms should be installed in your home. These devices save lives. Check your smoke alarm monthly, and have a professional inspect them annually. Do not cut corners with smoke alarms; they are vitally important to your family’s safety. In the event that your smoke alarm is set off, leave your home and call 000. Do not return to your home until it is deemed safe.
  8. Consider installing emergency lighting in your home. In the event of a power blackout, you will have lighting which can make your family feel safer and more secure. These LED lights are not expensive to install and can give you alternative lighting for around 40 hours.
  9. f you are using a ladder to pick fruit or prune, install an antenna or carry out some rooftop maintenance, keep an eye out for overhead lines. You should always keep a good distance. Likewise, if you have underground power lines, you should know their location before commencing any digging work around your property.
  10. Keep an eye out for any water leaks. Water and electricity do not mix, so if you detect a leak, have it repaired promptly.
    If you have any concerns about electrical safety in your home, contact Ikon Electrical. We take your safety very seriously and can offer advice, carry out inspections or maintenance, install smoke alarms, safety switches and emergency lights for you.