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Safety Switches & Switchboards

 

Switchboards, or Electrical Panels

electrical consumer unitElectricity enters the home through a control panel and a main switch which can be used to shut off all the power in an emergency.

These are all generally referred to as "switchboards".

Older control panels are generally referred to as “fuse boxes” and are often in the meter box, or somewhere outside the premises.

More modern control panels are generally referred to as “consumer units” and are generally inside the premises.

Modern consumer units (or control panels) generally use either circuit breakers rather than the older style fuses, which are now going out of favour, though many older properties still use fuses.

If you use a fuse, always use one of the correct rating (its generally marked on it).

Circuit breakers are better, and safer…. they are like a switch, which trips on overload. They are reset simply by throwing the switch.

But if it keeps tripping… there is a problem. In this case, call ACDC Electrical to investigate. (or use our online facility to request a service by clicking on this link to book a service request)

 

Electrical Safety Tips

Electrical Safety In General

electrical safety labelElectricity is an essential part of our lives, and makes our lives so much easier and productive. But it also has the potential to cause great harm.

If properly installed and not overloaded or physically abused, most electrical systems will function safely, almost indefinitely, but misuse and poor maintenance of electrical appliances, wiring, and overloaded circuits and the incorrect use of extension cords can create nightmares.

Here are a few tips to ensure you get the best out of your systems, and more importantly, that you live to enjoy them for a long time to come:

  • First and foremost…. Never do your own electrical work, no matter how simple it may seem
    • ACDC Electrical will provide all the service requirements you need, at the very best rates. Of course, we are in business to make a living, but we are also part of this community, and have an obligation to its members
  • Never use anything but the proper rated fuse or circuit breaker to protect a circuit.
  • Never overloaded any inbuilt circuits.
  • Extension cords are fantastic; we all use them…..   but Never overuse them, or use them as a permanent solution

 

 

Outlets and Extension Cords

electrical overloadMake sure all electrical outlets are correct for the application.

All outdoor outlets should be waterproof, or weather resistant. There should be ample electrical capacity to run equipment without tripping circuit breakers or blowing fuses, for example, don’t use your standard wall socket in the garage for running your welder, or bench drill!!!

As mentioned before, minimise the use of extension cords. These should be used only for a one-off job, to get power to where you want it.

Don’t use them as a permanent thing.

Don’t cover them up, or put them behind walls, or staple them to joists.

Use them sparingly and always check them before use. Again, as with wall sockets, there are different grades and power capacity recommendations for extension leads. Use the right one. If you are not sure, give ACDC Electrical a call on (08) 8972 2235 or mobile 0447 137 972.

 

Electrical Appliances

electrical appliance logos smallAs with many other things in todays world, electrical appliances just don’t seem to last as long as they used to.

They are all built well, and are safe to use, but they should be treated with respect and care.

Use them according to the manufacturer’s guidelines, and visually check them periodically to spot worn or cracked insulation, loose terminals, corroded wires, defective parts and any other things that might not look a bit dodgy. Either replace them, or call ACDC Electrical on (08) 8972 2235 or mobile 0447 137 972 to have them tested and checked.

 

 

ELECTRICAL SAFETY

We often say that we would kill for a good cup of tea, but just don’t kill yourself for that cup of tea!

Everyone knows that water and electricity don’t mix. Remember that old James Bond movie, where 007 threw the hair dryer into the bath? What did he say? Shocking. Yes… very droll.

But do you realise the average human body is composed of water?   Yes… 80% of our body is pure water.

  • Never use any electrical appliance in the bath or shower.
  • Never touch an electric cord or appliance with wet hands.
  • Do not use electrical appliances in damp areas or while standing on damp floors.
  • In areas where water is present, use the correct grounded outlets.

So, to quote James Bond, who wasn’t as qualified as the ACDC Electrical staff….. . Shocking.

 

MORE SAFETY PRECAUTIONS:

There will never be enough room to list even a fraction of the precautions you should take in regards to electrical safety, the list below just scratches the surface.

  • Routinely check your electrical appliances and wiring.
  • Always use a qualified electrician to check and install your electrical facilities.
  • Frayed wires can cause fires. Have ACDC Electrical replace all worn, old and damaged appliance cords immediately.
  • Use electrical extension cords wisely and don’t overload them.
  • Keep electrical appliances away from wet areas; pay special care to electrical appliances in the bathroom and kitchen.
  • Keep clothes, curtains and other potentially combustible items at least 3 feet from all electrical appliance, especially heaters.
  • Never overload extension cords or wall sockets.
  • Immediately shut off, then professionally replace, light switches that are hot to the touch, as well as lights that flicker.
  • Use safety plugs to childproof electrical outlets.
  • Check your power tools regularly for signs of wear. If the cords are frayed or cracked, or you can see the inner wires, replace them.
  • Replace any tool if it causes even small electrical shocks, overheats, shorts out or gives off smoke or sparks.

 

Contact ACDC Electrical:

ACDC Electrical welcomes your queries. You may click on this link to book a service request to discuss your requirements in more detail, or click on this link to use our online contact page to request more information