Plug into electricity safety tips
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 www.1100.com.au 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.horizonpower.com.au 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.
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.