Five saftey tips for dealing with electrical problems at home
1. Precaution is best: Make sure you turn the power off before working on any equipment. Electricity can be dangerous even to professionals. Arrange for regular safety checks, especially where old wiring has deteriorated. Replace damaged or frayed cords and extension leads. Use safety switches at your fuse box or electrical outlet whenever possible.
2. Electricity and water don’t mix: Many types of electrical equipment must be replaced after exposure to water, even if no damage is apparent. Do not touch electrical appliances with wet hands and keep electrical appliances away from water even when switched off.
3. Call for help: If you receive a tingle or shock from an appliance, tap, sink, shower or laundry tub, immediately turn off the power at the switchboard and call a licensed electrician. Alternatively call Ausgrid on 13 13 88 or contact your local provider. Use only licensed electricians to carry out electrical work such as installing power points or repairing electrical faults.
4. Power cords and power boards: When removing a plug from the power point, never pull on the power cord. Never use more than one adaptor or power board at a power point. Only attach low powered appliances to power boards. Equipment with visible damage must be replaced immediately.
5. Dial before you dig: See what's down there before you dig. Call 1100 or visit www.1100.com.au. Dial Before You Dig is a community service organisation supported by Ausgrid and other major service providers. It can provide plans of where electricity, water, gas and telecommunications cables and pipes are located so you know whether it is safe to dig.