Safety tips for the Christmas Season

Prolux Electrical would like to remind all of our lovely supporting families and clients out there to remember a few safety tips over the Christmas season.

  1. When setting up Christmas lights, check the plug ends and the wiring for any damage, if there is visible damage, please discard and do not use.
  2. Make sure lights are set up neatly and not tangled. Tape down any wiring that could become a tripping hazard.
  3. Inspect all connections for dust before connecting to a power point. Use a dry soft cloth to wipe off any dust or debris before use.

From the team at Prolux Electrical, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Wishes from Team

Winter Electrical Safety Campaign

In the winter months, we tend to bring out the old electric blankets or the old dusty electric heaters, or other electrical appliances to help keep the family warm. However, it’s important before commencing use of these electrics, that they are inspected and tested for any visible damage, i.e. cords frayed; build up of dust, etc. Thoroughly cleaning these electrical appliances and making sure they are ready for safe use is one way of minimizing the risk of electric shocks, severe injuries, burns, house fires along with preventing the possible outcome of death.
We often read in the news over the winter months of house fires with expected cause being electric blanket and electric plug in heaters. We recommend you speak to your family and discuss ways you can minimise risks around the home.

The CFA and MFB are asking everyone across the state to start their own winter safety campaign by planning ahead and:

  • check that the smoke alarms in their homes are working, as only working alarms save lives;
  • plan how they would get out of their home if there was a fire, and practice it regularly;
  • be aware of fire risks in the home; and
  • keep a list of emergency numbers near the phone.

 

Emergency Exit & Lighting Systems

It is your legal responsibility to ensure the safety of your employees and clients by complying with the Australia Standards for all commercial and industrial and or office buildings to have installed emergency and exit lighting systems.

In a serious incident, exit & emergency lighting systems can play a big part in preventing life threatening injuries and/or death in some circumstances. Just like in your personal home, you are required to install smoke detectors to ensure the safety of your family in case of a fire. The same risk is at your workplace, installing and maintaining emergency systems are essential to the safety and credibility of your workplace.

Emergency exit and lighting systems need to be positioned correctly to ensure adequate lighting is always available in an emergency, they must also be installed on a lighting circuit and derive its supply from a permanent active.

It is essential that emergency exit & lighting systems are routinely inspected and endure regular scheduled maintenance checks by qualified electrical personnel. Maintenance plans need to be managed and scheduled every 6 months, which includes inspections, testing and repairs; such as replacing fluorescent tubes or batteries, entire fittings and repairs or replacement on the control equipment.

Whether you’re constructing a new building, or redeveloping an old one, it’s very important to ensure that exit & emergency lighting systems are carefully considered. Contact the Prolux Electrical team if you require a maintenance plan, a quotation or an upgrade on any emergency & exit lighting system.

 

Powerboards, power points & extension cords

When using power boards, power points or extensions cords it’s important to make sure you take the necessary safety precautions to minimise the risk of electric shock, severe injuries or even death.  Faulty appliances with damaged or frayed cords should be thrown away or replaced. Overloading power board’s and power points will create the risk of fires, damage to property, damage to appliances/electronics and risk of severe injuries to persons. If you find yourself using too many power boards because you don’t have a power point in reach of an appliance or electronic, contact Prolux Electrical and we can discuss options of installing new power points to designated areas required in your home.

Putting safety plugs onto unused power point sockets to prevent accidental contact is one of the many safety tips we can provide your family with. To read more important safety tips to ensure your family’s safety when using extension cords, power boards or power points.
Our comprehensive safety tips for your family home:

  • If there is a build up of dirt, moisture, grease or oil on or around power points and switches, arrange for a registered electrical contractor to have them tested before use.
  • Do not spray household cleaners, detergents and insecticides on switches and power points
  • Do not wipe power points or switches with a wet cloth
  • Do not allow children to play with power points or switches
  • Do not plug high wattage appliances (such as heaters) into power boards as they could overheat the circuit wiring through overload and cause a fire and/or injuries to persons.
  • Do not place extension leads near heaters and cookers
  • Place extension cords carefully around furniture preferably securely taped to the floor, or along wall edges
  • Make sure all extension cords purchased and in use have a 3 pin plug.
  • Only use extension leads as a temporary measure, if you find yourself constantly having to use an extension cord, talk to your electrical contractor about installing a PowerPoint in the required area.
  • Extension leads that are damaged, frayed or have the inner wires exposed should be thrown away or repaired by a qualified repairman or licensed electrician
  • Check electrical cords are not hanging from benches where children can grab them
  • Do not connect a piggyback plug to the end of an extension lead to make it longer as the pins will be live. This can be extremely dangerous
  • If using extension leads outdoors check them regularly for signs of damage or age
  • Do not attempt to repair electrical leads yourself, and never join them by twisting or taping
  • Never place extension leads under carpet or rugs as they may overheat
  • Avoid using power boards in wet areas such as bathrooms or laundries.
  • Avoid using extension cords in wet weather or where they could contact water. If your extension cord gets wet, switch it off, unplug it from power, dry it well and check for any damage before using it again.

 

Change your clocks, change your smoke alarm battery

Smoke alarms are a compulsory method to reducing the risk of injuries or death in a house fire. They are designed to save lives and protect property from the powerful destruction of fire. Smoke detectors should be installed to detect smoke before it reaches sleeping occupants, therefore its best installed near bedrooms, main living areas and of course in the kitchen. To ensure smoke alarms are effective it is important that they and regularly inspected and tested, along with maintenance to any smoke detector that requires repairs or replacement. The operation of most smoke alarms can be checked by pressing a button on the outside of the alarm. The test should be conducted in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. Smoke detectors must be installed directly to the power mains as well as having a backup battery, which activates when power has been disconnected from a property. The battery needs to be replaced on an annual basis; most common smoke detectors will make a warning sound when battery is low, urging you to replace it.

Interconnecting smoke alarms is an inexpensive and important safety tip to ensure all smoke alarms will activate at the same time when the risk arises.

A hardwired smoke detector needs to be wired to an electricity supply, this will require an electrician; call Prolux Electrical to discuss your smoke detector needs.

Here are a few little reminders:

 

All smoke alarms:

  • Must contain a battery
  • Need to be tested regularly
  • Need to be replaced after 10 years

How do I test and clean my smoke alarm?

  • Monthly: Test by pressing the test button with a broom handle
  • Yearly: Vacuum around your smoke alarm vents
  • Yearly: Replace your 9 volt battery each year at the end of daylight saving

To jog your memory *change your clocks, change your smoke alarm battery*