Tak­ing tool safety se­ri­ously

Matamata Chronicle - - Building -

YOU NEED to pro­tect your­self from in­jury caused by noise, dust, sharp edges, dan­ger­ous mech­a­nisms and chem­i­cals when us­ing tools. Note: you need to be a mem­ber to ac­cess this in­for­ma­tion.

Al­ways use a resid­ual cur­rent de­vice when us­ing elec­tri­cal equip­ment out­doors, or close to any damp ar­eas.

Turn off elec­tric­ity be­fore re­plac­ing fuses, light switches or other power out­lets.

Take ex­treme care when work­ing out­side around over­head or un­der­ground power lines. Dis­con­nect the power if work­ing near sup­ply lines.

Avoid over­load­ing cir­cuits by hav­ing too many tools or ap­pli­ances run­ning at the same time. In­spect ap­pli­ance cords and ex­ten­sion leads for signs of dam­age – check the plug and socket for loose/frayed con­nec­tions and poor cord an­chor­ages.

Use a li­censed elec­tri­cian.

Resid­ual cur­rent de­vices have su­per­seded iso­lat­ing trans­form­ers.

They con­stantly mon­i­tor the elec­tric cur­rent in a cir­cuit.

If some­one touches a live wire or faulty ap­pli­ance, pro­vid­ing a route for the elec­tric­ity through them to the ground, the de­vice senses the loss of cur­rent and shuts off the elec­tric­ity to re­duce the chance of se­ri­ous in­jury.

Al­ways use a resid­ual cur­rent de­vice when us­ing elec­tri­cal equip­ment out­side and test the de­vice be­fore you start.

The de­vices are avail­able in sev­eral forms: switch­board de­vices that are wired into your switch­board; those per­ma­nently wired in as a wall socket; or por­ta­ble such as those built into ex­ten­sion leads. They are read­ily avail­able from hard­ware and elec­tri­cal out­lets.

Since Jan­uary 2003, all new cir­cuits which start at the switch­board in do­mes­tic build­ings are re­quired to have de­vice­spro­tec­tion. These can only be in­stalled by a li­censed elec­tri­cian or elec­tri­cal in­spec­tor.

Make sure you get a Cer­tifi­cate of Com­pli­ance from the li­censed elec­tri­cian when the work is done, and ask how to test and re­set the de­vice.

Note that there is a legal re­quire­ment that elec­tri­cal in­stal­la­tions and ap­pli­ances in damp sit­u­a­tions, such as bath­rooms and kitchens, must be elec­tri­cally safe.

This can be achieved by hav­ing a resid­ual cur­rent de­vice wired into the sock­ets in these ar­eas.

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