How Power Safe is Your Home?
Most people tend to think their home is a safe zone where very little could go wrong, but sadly the opposite is true, particularly if you don’t keep up with your home maintenance on a regular basis. Electrical faults are a major cause of injuries and fires in the home in Sydney, and this is just the start.
You may wonder what electrical issues you need to keep an eye on to ensure the safety of your family and your home. Let’s take a look at some issues that need to be considered when assessing how safe your home is.
Safety Switch Installations
If you have an older home in Sydney, there is every chance you have an old switchboard that has never been upgraded. Now the problem with the older switchboards is that often there was no safety switch installed, and they haven’t been modified to include a safety switch. Safety switches simply monitor the electrical flow through your home and triggers when it detects that there is an issue. Essentially, a safety switch is designed to prevent electrocution and injury. A circuit breaker on the other hand (another essential piece of equipment) will trigger when there is a surge of power is detected. One example is from when lightening strikes your home. The breakers protect any equipment and tech you have plugged in.
If you don’t have safety switches, or you aren’t sure if they are installed, an electrician in Sydney will be able to inspect your power box and text your safety switches.
Overloading Power Circuits
If you have found yourself working from home recently, you’ve probably got more devices plugged in than you normally would. Circuits overload when you are attempting to draw more electricity than a particular circuit can handle. Each circuit only have a limited amount of electricity that it can safely handle, and each device adds to the load on that circuit. If you’ve suddenly lost power on one power point, it is worth considering how many devices or how much equipment is plugged into that point – when you exceed the power limit, the circuit breaker trips and shuts of power to the entire circuit.
If you regularly find yourself plugging too much into the one power point, apart from moving devices and appliances to another power point, an electrician can install newer circuits that allow for a higher power load. They can also install a few extra power points, which may help you spread the load out a little.
Smoke Alarm Maintenance
Often smoke alarms are the only sign there is a fire in your property, so it is essential that they are checked regularly and maintained correctly as they may well save your life. Smoke alarms are one of the easiest things to check that they are correctly working – simply hold down the test button until the alarm beeps. If it sounds a bit off, it’s a good time to replace the batteries.
At least once a year you should have your smoke alarms maintained. This including giving them a dust or a gentle wipe to keep the alarms free of dust particles which can impact the alarm sounding when most needed. If you have a battery powered smoke alarm, you need to change the battery at least once a year.
Smoke alarms do have an expiry date, and you should be changing your alarms at that date. Many homes still rely on a battery alarm, however hardwired, interconnected alarms are becoming more common and require less maintenance, while still providing a high level of safety. A Sydney electrician will be able to help you install and maintain your smoke alarms correctly, helping to keep you and your family safe.
Take the time to ensure your home is power safe. Safe N Sound have been providing home power safety checks across Eastern Sydney for a number of years, and can help ensure your home is your safe place.
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