Steps to improve the electrical safety of your home

Steps to improve the electrical safety of your home

There are just so many reasons why you should think about improving home electrical safety. After all, the home is one place where the most potential dangers involving electrical use exist.

Almost every household in Australia has a record of at least a couple of incidents where children have been treated for electrical shocks or burn injuries. With over 30,000 non-fatal shock incidents occurring each year, it is time to think about carrying out an electrical audit of your home and to secure all the areas.

Here are the steps you can take to improve the electrical safety of your home.

Get an Electrical Audit Done

Children can get into the most awkward of places and insert anything they find into electrical outlets and plug points. As a first step, call in a professional electrical audit team to survey your home. They will help detect all potentially hazardous access points.

Outlets near a water source in the bathroom, kitchen and even bedrooms can prove to be a problem if you don’t have them covered.

Electrical points that are placed closer to the floor can quickly become playthings for children and pets. You can install tamper-resistant outlets to keep away from any untoward incident involving electrical switches and outlets.

Install GFCI outlets

Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) outlets are designed to prevent people from receiving shocks that are caused by ground faults.

GFCI outlets have an inbuilt mechanism that shuts off power within a fraction of a second when it detects a ground fault. This is especially important if you have electrical outlets near a water source in your home.

Install AFCI outlets

Arcing causes high-intensity heat which has the potential to ignite surrounding materials such as wood, plastic and insulation. Loose electrical connections, proximity to furniture and furnishings and arc-faults in the walls can all cause a fire.

Arc-Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCIs) are essential in preventing home electrical systems from being the source of a fire.

Call the Professionals to Secure Your Home

Take precautions to prevent electrical shocks and fires occurring from improperly installed electrical circuits and appliances. Call in the experts at FM Hometech for a complete electrical home safety audit.

Handling electrical and fire safety procedures call for expertise and experience. Contact us today for a comprehensive home automation solution. Sim

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