SMS Electrical Industries

Never attempt to do your own electrical work. There are standards and rules for installing electrical cabling and equipment in any home, which is why only licensed electrical contractors (electricians) are legally able to do it. However you should know where to turn the power off at the main switch (or switches, if there are several tariffs being used on the property) on the electrical switchboard, and how to shut down a solar power system.

Checkout this home electrical safety checklist created by the Electrical Safety Office to see how you stack up.

  • You have had safety switches installed and you test them every three months.
  • You always use a licensed electrician for electrical work.
  • You arrange a check of your solar power system every year.
  • The manufacturer’s instructions for use of electrical equipment are easily located.
  • An electrician has checked the safety of power poles on your property in the last five years.
  • The ceiling insulation does not cover your downlights.
  • You always turn the power off before you go into the ceiling space.
  • There are no damaged power points or switches in your home.
  • When not in use, accessible power points have plastic safety plug covers in them to protect young children.
  • You throw away damaged electrical appliances and leads (or have them properly repaired).
  • There are no electrical appliances used in wet areas or near pools.
  • Your home’s earth stake is in good condition.
  • You are aware of overhead powerlines – especially when using ladders.
  • Your outside party lights are suitable for external use (they’re not for internal use only).
  • You teach your kids about being safe with electricity.

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