Plug into elec­tric­ity safety tips

Midwest Times - - NEWS - Craig Deetlefs

Spring is here, and the warmer weather tra­di­tion­ally brings re­newed en­thu­si­asm for jobs around the house and gar­den.

It’s a good idea to add a few items to your spring clean­ing list to en­sure you keep your fam­ily safe around elec­tric­ity.

Check your resid­ual cur­rent de­vice, and pro­tect your fam­ily.

An RCD is a safety switch that de­tects prob­lems with your power sup­ply, and switches power off within 10 to 50 mil­lisec­onds to pre­vent elec­tric shock.

All RCDs have a test but­ton that should be pressed ev­ery three months.

This sim­ple test sim­u­lates a fault and in­di­cates whether the RCD is op­er­at­ing cor­rectly.

Trim the trees on your prop­erty

Trees or branches touch­ing power lines are one of the main causes of power in­ter­rup­tions and can cause fires and other se­ri­ous ac­ci­dents.

Hori­zon Power rec­om­mends leav­ing tree trim­ming to the pro­fes­sion­als.

Hire one with the cor­rect train­ing and ex­pe­ri­ence to carry out the work safely.

If you are land­scap­ing your gar­den

Dial be­fore you dig

No mat­ter how small the project, en­sure you know where elec­tri­cal in­fra­struc­ture is in your gar­den.

Elec­tri­cal as­sets on your prop­erty such as un­der­ground elec­tric­ity green domes (mini pil­lars) con­tain live elec­tric­ity ca­bles and can cause elec­tric shock or elec­tro­cu­tion if ex­posed.

Dial Be­fore You Dig is at or phone 1100.

Sim­ple safety and en­ergy ef­fi­ciency tips to share with your fam­ily:

Turn off ap­pli­ances that are not in use.

Al­ways en­sure your hands are dry be­fore touch­ing ap­pli­ances or switches.

Al­ways turn off a switch be­fore you re­move the plug from the wall.

Stop us­ing an ap­pli­ance im­me­di­ately if it be­comes faulty, or if a cord is dam­aged, and get it checked by a li­censed elec­tri­cal con­trac­tor.

En­sure out­door power points and ap­pli­ances are weath­er­proof, ap­proved and suit­able for out­door use.

Par­ents can ed­u­cate their chil­dren about elec­tric­ity risks in prac­ti­cal terms by demon­strat­ing safe be­hav­iour around elec­tric­ity in the home.

Chil­dren can also visit the Hori­zon Dis­cov­ery Zone at www.hdz.hori­zon­ to find out about the dan­gers of elec­tric­ity in a fun and en­gag­ing way.

Re­port any elec­tri­cal in­ci­dents or faults im­me­di­ately to Hori­zon Power on 132 351.

In emer­gency sit­u­a­tions, dial 000.

Craig Deetlefs is Hori­zon Power’s re­tail and com­mu­nity man­ager for the Gas­coyne and Mid West, based in Carnar­von.

Pic­ture: Depart­ment of Mines, In­dus­try Reg­u­la­tion and Safety

An RCD safety switch de­tects prob­lems with the power sup­ply in a home and can switch power off within 10 to 50 mil­lisec­onds to pre­vent elec­tric shock.

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