At Royalty Plumbing and Gas, we understand that nothing heightens your safety concerns more than starting a family. Suddenly, you become conscious of all the risks and dangers in your day-to-day life, many of which can be found right in your home.
Electricity is one of the most dangerous aspects of your home. Avoid the hazards of faulty installation, improper grounding, incorrect operation and poor maintenance of electrical equipment with these key tips.
Look after appliance cords
Keep electrical appliances and their cords away from water. Ensure cords are in good condition – if they’re worn or frayed, don’t use the appliance until it’s been repaired by a licensed electrician.
Avoid piggy-back or ‘double adaptor’ connections
Overloading can occur if too many cords are connected to outlets designed for only one or two plugs. Use power boards with in-built safety devices to avoid a power outlet overload.
Childproof your outlets
Use childproof plugs in electrical outlets to deter children from poking small items into them.
Look out for water leaks
Water is an conductor of electricity. If water leaks into the light or power points in your home, the result can be seriously dangerous. As soon as you notice a water leak, have it repaired by a licensed plumber.
Install RCD safety switches
Have safety switches installed at your meter box. As a general rule, electrical equipment should only be used when connected to a safety switch. Since 2000, it has been compulsory for all new homes to have a minimum of two RCD Safety Switches What are RCD Safety Switches?