If you’re looking to have security regarding safety in the electrical field, it’s important to pay a professional to perform an inspection.
An electrical safety certificate is a record that helps ensure the issues that may arise in your property are fixed prior to they cause damage or injury. There is no legal requirement for the installation of electrical equipment to be independently assessed unless it’s being replaced, significantly modified or moved or a work permit has been refused.
In other situations, the building regulations simply require equipment to be checked by a qualified person who need not be an electrician, but they should be aware of what they’re doing.
A safety check for electrical installations will typically involve testing the equipment to ensure that it’s in compliance with the building regulations, the IEE Wiring Regulations and any instructions given by the manufacturer. The most likely fire hazards are excessive electrical cables, overload sockets and malfunctioning equipment.
The certificate will also cover devices that are linked to the installation, like kettles, heaters or immersion heaters. They are therefore safe for use.
A test of electrical integrity is carried out by a skilled professional who can offer suggestions on how the issues could be resolved before they create a risk of injury or destruction.
You might be able to have an inspection of your electrical security if you lease your house.
Electrical safety tips to be aware of during home renovations
In addition to replacing smoke detectors, professionals from the university recommend that homeowners be aware of the following steps during renovations:
1. Make sure you don’t take off the main switch or an isolated circuit breaker while you are using electricity from a different area of the home. This includes plugging in appliances into outlets controlled by a wall switch.
2. When you shut off the circuit breaker wait for the power indicator to blink before you start doing any wiring work.
3. If you do need to turn off the circuit breaker that is isolated while somebody is working with electrical equipment that is connected to it. Turn off electricity at the main switch prior to using the wires controlled by the circuit breaker.
4. Use an extension cord to supply the power. Use the shortest length possible and ensure that it’s not overloaded. If you opt for a longer cord for high-wattage appliances, make sure that it is UL-approved.
5. Use caution in working with old wiring devices, especially three-way switches. They haven’t been used for a number of years. If not properly installed they could pose a threat of electrocution and shock.
6. Make sure that the electrical fixtures you use are tested to be in compliance with Australian standards, such as those made by Schneider Electric, Wylex or HPM.
7. Make sure your candles are free of combustible material. Also, make sure you don’t leave the candles alone.
8. Wear rubber-soled shoesand place your feet on the ground, and avoid using frayed extension cords. If the appliances have the same rating for voltage, never remove the cord and plug it in to a newer model.
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