Research shows that faulty appliances and other consumer equipment cause most electrical fatalities in Australia. Only about 35 per cent of deaths are caused by fixed wiring. This means that even though you have a home with top quality wiring fitted by a registered electrician if the electrical equipment you use in your home is not up to standard, you could be at risk.
Precision Electrical and Plumbing advises clients to buy equipment that meets the AS/NZS 3160:2010 Standard. Even though the Standard is not law, workplaces must comply with it, and it’s recommended that all households do too.
In the workplace, all appliances should be tested while in service. While this is not compulsory for domestic homes, the list of equipment specified in the Standard includes items used in the house: microwave ovens, vacuum cleaners, kettles, toasters and the rest. Portable air conditioners, hand-held and other portable tools, machines, office equipment, safety switches, and residual current devices (RCDs) are also included.
The reality, as any Melbourne electrician knows, is that many fatal accidents – in the home as well as the workplace – are caused by people coming into contact with damaged or worn cables, as well as faulty switches. So if the appliances you are using are not new or relatively new, it’s a good idea to have them tested.
Here are some other general safety tips to ensure your home is safe.
Electricity can be lethal, which is why only registered electricians are permitted to wire homes and work on electrical systems. However, electricity is a vital source of power and is treated with caution and respect, and it is perfectly safe.
Lastly, if you have any doubts or worries about electricity in your home, or are concerned about an appliance, call a registered Melbourne electrician to help you. And remember that Precision Electrical and Plumbing offers 24-hour emergency service.
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