Most electrical accidents happen indoors so consider some of the following safety precautions
Plugs, cords and power boards
- Replace damaged or frayed cords and extension leads.
- When removing a plug from the power point, never pull on the power cord.
- Use safety plugs in power points to keep your children safe.
- Never use more than one adaptor or power board at a power point.
- Only attach low powered appliances to power boards.
- 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 or Ausgrid on 13 13 88.
- Do not touch electrical appliances with wet hands.
- Wear dry shoes with rubber soles when using electrical appliances in laundries, on wet floors, or outside.
- Keep electrical appliances away from water even when switched off.
- Do not use portable electric heaters in a bathroom - a fixed heater installed by an electrician is safer.
- Read and follow the instructions that come with any new appliance you purchase.
- Use only licensed electricians to carry out electrical work such as installing power points or repairing electrical faults.
- Use safety switches at your fuse box or electrical outlet whenever possible - the safety switch detects most electrical faults which could pass through the human body causing electric shock.
- Switch off the power before replacing light bulbs - be extra careful if your light is operated by a two-way switch.