It is beneficial to engage a qualified professional to inspect the electrical safety equipment.
An electrical safety certificate is an official record to ensure the issues that may arise in your property are identified and fixed before they cause injury or damage. There’s no lawful requirement for the installation of electrical devices to be independently examined unless it is relocated or altered, relocated or altered, or a certification to operate is refused.
Other than that, building regulations require only that equipment be inspected by trained personnel. They don’t need to be electricians but must be familiar with the procedures they’re working with.
A safety check for electrical installations usually involves testing the installation to ensure that it’s in compliance with building regulations, the IEE Wiring Regulations and any instructions given by the manufacturer. Troubles can arise from excessive electrical wires, sockets that are overloaded or malfunctioning equipment that could create a fire.
The certificate will also include appliances that are connected to the installation, including heaters, immersion heaters and kettles. This will ensure that they are safe to use.
An electrical inspection will be carried out by an experienced professional who can offer suggestions about how any issues could be resolved before they create a risk of injury or damage.
If you are renting your property, you may be entitled to request an electrical safety test under the terms of the tenancy agreement.
Tips to ensure electrical safety in home renovations
Experts from the university suggest homeowners take these precautions when they are renovating.
1. Don’t disconnect the main switch or an isolated circuit breaker when people are using power from another location in the home. This includes using appliances plugged into outlets operated by a wall switch.
2. Before wiring the circuit, be patient for the indicator light for power to go off after turning off the circuit breaker.
3. If you must close an isolated circuit breaker when someone is using electrical equipment connected to it, turn off the electric power at the main switch prior to making use of wires controlled by the circuit breakers.
4. Utilize an extension cable to supply energy. Utilize the shortest length of cord you can and ensure that it’s not overloading. If you choose to use the longer cord to power high-wattage appliances, be sure it is UL-approved
5. Use caution in working with old wiring equipment, particularly three-way switches. These switches haven’t been in use for long years. If they are not installed correctly they could be in danger of electrocution or shock.
6. Use only electrical fixtures that have been tested to Australian standards, such as the ones made by Wylex, Schneider Electric, or HPM.
7. Keep lighted candles away from the combustible substances. Also, make sure you don’t leave candles alone.
8. Shoes with rubber soles are the best as they can be walked on dry ground. Don’t use damaged extension cables. If your appliances are equipped with the same voltage ratings, never cut off the cord , and connect it to a newer model.
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