If you’ve been living in the same house for quite some time or have recently purchased an older home that needs a bit of work, renovations are probably on your mind. While renovating your home is often an exciting journey, it can also be dangerous, especially when it comes to electrical issues.
It’s important to keep electrical safety in mind at all times, and have a list of domestic electrical services to call if an emergency situation occurs.
Install a circuit breaker
If your home doesn’t already have a circuit breaker before you begin renovations, call a Melbourne electrician and have one put in place. This type of detector monitors the electricity flow within your home. If it detects an interruption, it instantly cuts off the power supply.
For example, if an electrical appliance comes in contact with water, the circuit breaker recognises there is a problem and turns off the electricity to help prevent electrocution and fire.
Don’t overload power outlets
In the course of your renovations a lot of different power tools are likely to be needed to complete various jobs. To avoid overloading power outlets and risking electrical problems, always use a single socket for a single appliance. This is especially important when more than one person is working on site and several power tools are being used simultaneously.
Keep work areas dry
While you’d never leave water lying around on the floor of your home ordinarily, sometimes in the dirt and dust of renovating it can be easy to forget that liquid and electricity can be a fatal combination. Mop up spills straight away, and if a water pipe is accidently punctured, ensure anything electrical nearby is removed immediately.
Also, never operate electrical equipment if your clothes or hands are wet.
Replace damaged wires
If you’re renovating an older house you’ll probably come across old or damaged wires. Always assume damaged wires are going to be an issue. Don’t be tempted to turn off the power and repair them yourself. Leave them alone and call a professional to replace them as soon as possible.
Renovating comes with responsibility, and not being aware of electrical safety at all times can result in injury, fire and even death.
If in doubt about anything electrical while renovating your home, get in touch with a professional experienced in electrical maintenance. Melbourne residents can contact the team at Electricians Today. They can assist you with all your electrical requirements as your home renovations progress.
To find out more about our electrical maintenance services call us on 1800 981 993.