The Big 4 Household Electrical Systems You Need Checked Annually To Secure A Safe Home.
Electricity allows us to watch TV, cruise the internet, charge our phones and keeps our home, work and life running. Overall, it’s a pretty good thing – and one we wouldn’t want to live without.
But what about the other side of things?
The Australian Institute of Health & Welfare reported in 2007 that the average rate for hospitalization for Australians was 3.78 for every 100,000 people, per year. Though this number isn’t incredibly high, that equates to almost 1500 Australians being hospitalized on account of electrical injury every year.
This clearly proves that electrical hazards are real and they aren’t all that uncommon…
But what if you could plan to avoid these hazards?
Though each home has numerous potential electrical hazards, the following article will outline what we believe to be the 4 things that you must have checked annually for a safe home.
By the end of reading this, you should have a better understanding of the big 4, what they are, why they’re important and how you can prevent electrical injury in your home.
1. Smoke Alarms
According to the Metropolitan Fire Service (MFS), non-working smoke alarms increases the risk of dying in a house fire by 80%.
Furthermore, when testing smoke alarms in South Australia (SA), they found that up to 45% of homes DID NOT have smoke alarms that triggered properly.
These figures are truly astonishing considering the cultural acceptance and belief in smoke alarms.
These numbers clearly outline the importance of working smoke alarms in the home.
But how do you ensure a fully-functioning and operational smoke alarm?
Scott Bretag, CEO and Founder of Pulse Electrical outlines how the professionals manage and maintain smoke alarms:
CEO & Founder
Scott is passionate about exceeding expectation for his clients – both through his own actions and those of his staff.
With over 15 years in the business, he is an expert when it comes to home electrical safety.
The laws Scott is refering to now require Queensland (QLD) homes to have interconnected Australian Standard (AS) photoelectric smoke alarms in all bedrooms, hallways (where bedrooms are connected) and on each and every level of the residence. This applies to homes where building appliations were lodged after 1st January 2017.
Additionally, requirements for other homes will be phased in over 10 years. Interconnected AS 3786-2014 photoelectric smoke alarms will be required from:
1 January 2022 in all homes leased and sold
1 January 2027 in all other homes.
With the addition of these new laws, it’s clear that the government also reinforces the importance of working smoke alarms and the need to have them regularly maintained.
The last thing Scott had to say on smoke alarms was simply, that he believes they are the most important aspect of home electrical safety. Scott implores all residents to strongly consider their current smoke alarm setup and to make sure that they are functional and up-to-standard at all time to ensure the protection of all members of the home.
Why is smoke alarm maintenance important: ‘Saves lives. And it’s the one contributor to people not dying in house fires.’
If you’re worried about the current state of your smoke alarms, Pulse Electrical offers an annual home-safety inspection and maintenance package that will ensure the working order of your smoke alarms, and safety of your home. For full details, simply click the link below.
2. Solar Panels
Solar panels are genearlly seen as a welcome addition to most homes.
Something people may not fully understand is the required maintenance and upkeep required to ensure not only the safety of your system, but also, that you are getting the best return on the system.
On the matter of getting the most out of solar power, Scott stated the following:
With the average solar system costing anywhere from $2000-$6500, there’s a fair capital outlay to purchasing and installing a system. However, as Scott states – without proper maintenance the systems effeciency can be jeopardised.
This can cost residents hundreds or even thousands of dollars a year.
Team that with the costs of electricity, seeminly constantly increasing – it’s fair to see why taking care of your solar panels is so important.
But you’re probably wondering…’What does this have to do with home safety?’
To better answer that, we need to look at how you maintain your solar panels.
So as you can see – solar power maintenance is both important and a hazardous activity.
We fully recommend that if you are planning on doing the maintenance yourself to have all necessary equipment, complete understanding of what you’re doing and if possible – recommendation from the solar company or an electrical professional.
If you’re wanting to ensure safe upkeep of your solar panels, or just want to get the most out of them – this is included in our annual home-safety inspection and maintenance package that will ensure the working order of your solar panels. For full details, simply click the link below.
3. Air Conditioners
The Air Conditioner is probably the most appreciated household appliance for Australian residents.
With approximately 2/3 homes having an air conditioner installed, it’s something that most Australians will have to maintain during their life time.
But how do you take care of an AC? Scott gave us his opinion on how he and the Pulse team deal with the situation:
Again, the question you’re probably asking is
‘How does Air Conditioning maintenance ensure a safe home?’
And rightly so…
The simple answer, airborne bacteria and mould.
Hopefully this gives you some insight into the importance of air conditioning maintenance and better equips you in understanding the problem at hand.
If you are planning on doing the maintenance yourself, we recommend contacting your air conditioning manufacturer or distributor and equipping yourself with the correct safety apparatus. Above all else, please be careful with what you breathe in around the by-products of your AC unit.
If you’re wanting to ensure safe upkeep of your air conditioner – this is included in our annual home-safety inspection and maintenance package that will ensure the working order of your AC and cleaner air for you and your family. For full details, simply click the link below.
4. Safety Switches
Now here’s something most people do think of when it comes to electrical protection: Safety Switches
According to worksafeqld:
‘Safety switches monitor the flow of electricity through a circuit and turn off the power in a fraction of a second if a leakage of current is detected. Safety switches provide personal protection against electric shock.’
Put simply – they ensure protection for power users within a residence.
But did you know that your safety switch actually needs to be checked in order to maintain peak performance? Here’s what Scott had to say on safety switches:
Clearly there is an undisputed need for the functionality of safety switches…
Put simply – they save lives.
But how then can you go about taking care of things? Scott explains below:
We hope that this insight has given you a better understanding of the importance of safety switches and the recommended maintenance of the system.
If you are planning on doing the maintenance yourself, we recommend contacting your energy provider or electrician to ensure the safest and most correct procedures. Please also ensure the correct safety gear when handling anything electrical.
If you’re wanting to ensure safe upkeep of your safety switches – this is included in our annual home-safety inspection and maintenance package that will ensure personal protection for your home residence. For full details, simply click the link below.
We hope that this article has improved your awareness regarding electrical protection, maintenance and residential safety. Whether it’s your smoke alarms, solar panels, air conditioning unit or safety switches we strongly recommend thorough understanding, precautioin and due-diligence when handling the matter.
If you’re looking for more specific answers, or just wanting to ask questions our Pulse Team is more than happy to answer your questions anytime on 1300 478 573
Furthermore, if you’re interested in having these household systems checked and taken care of by a professional, simply follow the link below.
From Scott and the whole team at Pulse – we appreciate your time in reading this and hope to serve you and your household in having a happy, powered and safe home in the future.