Our houses are full of electrical appliances. Some of them, in particular heaters, dryers, and electric blankets, can be hazardous if used incorrectly. We have put together some safety information for these and other appliances found in many households.
Fixing lighting and replacing light bulbs are some of the most common electrical work people do at home. Making sure you have the right lights for the right purpose – particularly Christmas lights – is important for preventing fires, shocks and keeping your family safe.
The most common time that people have to deal with their electrical wiring is when a fuse blows or circuit-breaker trips. However, there is some wiring that homeowners can do themselves. Find out about what code this work must follow and how to deal with fuses or circuit-breakers.
Take special care around electricity outdoors. Whether you are working or playing near it, or using electrical equipment, it is important to be aware of the dangers. Make sure you maintain safe clearances when working on ladders and check for underground wires before you dig.
When you hire an electrician to do work on your home, make sure they are licensed and issue a Certificate of Compliance for their work. While you can do a limited amount of electrical work on your own home, unless you are sufficiently skilled, it is much better to get an electrician to undertake the work.
Using electricity while camping or on boats poses particular risks which boaties and campers should be aware of. Connecting recreational vehicles – whether based on land or water – to mains electricity needs to be done carefully as there is a potential for fire and electrocution.