Keep everyone safe from electricity by following these electrical safety tips…

  1. Keep electrical appliances, their cords and any extension leads away from water.
  2. Never touch a fallen or sagging power line. They can be live and extremely dangerous. Immediately call police or your local electricity distributor.
  3. Ensure cords are in good condition and if they’re worn or frayed, don’t use the appliance until it’s been repaired by an electrician.
  4. If you feel a shock, tingle or spark from an electrical appliance immediately turn it off, unplug it and have it repaired by a registered electrician.
  5. Always turn the light switch off before replacing a light bulb.
  6. Make sure any discarded appliance can’t be used by another person.
  7. Never poke anything into an appliance such as a toaster.
  8. Wear rubber-soled footwear when working in wet areas like the laundry.
  9. Fully unwind extension cords before use to prevent overheating.
  10. Don’t remove appliances by pulling on the plug. Always pull out by the plug.
  11. Don’t “piggy-back” power adaptors. Always use a power board with safety devices to avoid overloads.
  12. Use childproof plugs in power outlets to deter children from poking things into them.
  13. Never repair electrical appliances or cords, or perform electrical wiring work yourself.
  14. Always use a licenced electrician if you need electrical wiring or repairs, no matter how small the job.
  15. Have safety switches installed at your meter box if they haven’t been already.
  16. Only use extension cords outside that are rated for outdoor use and make sure the connections are protected from the weather.
  17. Testing safety switches every three months is a good rule of thumb. To do this you just need to press the ‘test’ or ‘T’ button.
  18. Before drilling into walls, find out where the electrical wires are, particularly around power points and light switches.
  19. Never use portable electric heaters in a bathroom.
  20. Switch off and unplug appliances before cleaning them.
  21. Avoid contact with overhead lines. If you’re working near them, always keep a safe distance – at least 6.4 metres for wires on poles and 10 metres for wires on towers. Keep this in mind when installing antennas, picking fruit or pruning trees, and using a ladder or a metal tape measure.
  22. Know the location of any underground power lines before digging at your facility. Call Dial Before You Dig national referral service on 1100.
  23. Keep kites and flying objects away from overhead powerlines.
  24. Water is a conductor of electricity. If water leaks into the light or power circuits in your home, a fault may develop, which could result in a fire or someone experiencing an electric shock. As soon as you notice a water leak, have it repaired by a licenced plumber.
  25. Turn off appliances like air conditioners, heaters and ovens if leaving your facility.
  26. Keep space around any appliance that generates heat to allow adequate ventilation and to prevent overheating.
  27. Always turn power boards off at the wall outlet if not in use for any length of time.
  28. Never place liquids on electrical appliances.
  29. Consider having additional circuits or outlets added by a qualified electrician so you do not have to use extension cords.
  30. Place lamps on level surfaces, away from things that can burn and use bulbs that match the lamp’s recommended wattage.