If you are planning to be away from home for an extended period, you would want to ensure that your property is safe and secure. Just as you check all the door locks and other security measures, it is also important to make sure that all the electrical installations are in good condition. Taking a few precautions can help reduce the risk of electrical problems such as fires or short circuits, which can cause significant damage to your home.
These are some of the basic things to do when it comes to maintaining proper electrical safety in your home:
This is particularly important in the case of straightening irons, heaters etc. which have the potential to cause fires. Even when you switch off these appliances at the wall, it is best to unplug them to be on the safer side. Walk through every room in your home and ensure that you do this meticulously before you leave for a longer period.
When you are not at home, you would not want to advertise that your property is unoccupied. It is best to use timers for all your lights which means that they will be switched on and off just for a few hours after dark. It is a good way to give an impression that there is someone at home. There are different types of timers available and some of them would not be suitable for the outdoor environment, and using them there can be dangerous. If you want to add timers to the outdoor lights, make sure that you purchase ones that are suitable for that setting.
If you do have to leave some of the lights on, you must ensure that they are not faulty in any way. If there are other devices of appliances that you plan not to switch off, such as radius or televisions, set them on timer switches. If you feel that, any of the appliances are faulty, call in a professional to get them checked for you. The other option is to turn them off so that you can get them fixed or replaced once you return from your holiday.
It is crucial that you check all the smoke alarms on your property before you leave and change out the batteries if required. Also, inform a trusted neighbour that you would be away so that they would investigate or call emergency services if they hear smoke alarms activating on your property. It is very common for people to presume that a smoke alarm has gone off only because of some food burning in the kitchen and they might not pay attention to it.
Maintaining electrical safety in your home is all about taking these steps and planning well before you leave so that you can enjoy your holiday and relax entirely. As mentioned earlier, do a final room-to-room check at the last minute so that you do not keep worrying about whether you have left some device for electrical appliances on.
This aspect is not something you can take for granted or neglect. Hire the services of a licensed electrician who would be able to handle regular inspections and checks of all the electrical installations in your home.
They will check all the systems for faults so that there is no compromise on wiring safety. If there are any old fixtures and fittings, wires, or circuitry, get them replaced on time before any issues crop up in them which can get out of hand and result in electrical issues.
We at AllRound Electricals Are a leading company and this industry and cater to Commercial and residential clients. Whether you want any new installations in your home or require regular repairs or replacements, we can help. For any more information, feel free to contact AllRound Electricals at 1300 169 263 or write to us at this email address, and we will call back shortly to discuss your requirements.
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