Aug 20, 2015 in Blog by
6 Most Common Electrical Hazards and How to Prevent Them

Whether it’s cooking, heating or entertainment, we rely on electricity for just about everything. Electricity has empowered us in this modern day and age but with every great innovation comes potentially risky situations. If electrical elements in your home aren’t properly cared for you could be in for a shock – and we mean that literally. From out-dated fittings to uncovered outlets, there are a whole host of things that could cause electrical hazards. 

Fortunately for you, electricity is still fantastic and with a bit of tender loving care you can make sure it’s just used for the fun stuff. To help you maintain safety in your home here is Thrive Electrical’s list of the most common electrical hazards in the home, and what you can do to eliminate them. 

  1. Dated or Defective Switchboard

Most switchboards fitted in new homes are easy to use and are comprised of a variety of circuit breakers, a main power switch and a safety switch. The problem generally occurs in older homes, with dated switchboards that are crowded and have fuses instead of circuit beakers, leading to a high risk of fire or short-circuiting. To minimize the risk of fire or electrocution, call a licensed electrician and talk to them about an upgrade. Replacing a switchboard is always much cheaper than replacing a house! 

  1. Faulty Wiring

 Another very common problem that plagues old homes that can still find its way into any household is faulty wiring. Faulty wiring is responsible for most electrical incidents in the home and can be tricky to detect. Self-monitoring is okay but when it comes to identifying the root of the problem, a call to Thrive should be your first plan of attack.

  1. Outlets Exposed to Water

 As most of us know, water is a great conductor of electricity and one poorly placed outlet in the bathroom or kitchen can show you just how effective it is. Fortunately, preventing electrocution caused by wet outlets is easily avoidable. When first dealing with an electrician and during the initial planning of the home, consideration should be made as to where an outlet is least likely to be exposed to water in those areas where it may be vulnerable. Protective coverings for outlets can also reduce the risk of electrocution. 

  1. Lights in Close Proximity to Flammable Material

 This one is a major problem when it comes to children’s night lamps. Leaving a light on (especially a smaller bedside lamp) can cause the bulb to heat up, increasing its chance of burning if knocked or bumped into contact with flammable material like blankets or pillows. Always maintain a safe perimeter around lamps and if in doubt about what lights are best, contact a qualified electrician for more advice. 

  1. Inquisitive Kids and Uncovered Outlets

 This is an old one but still rings true today – be wary of the placement of power points and never underestimate the curiosity of a child with a fork. To curb incidents relating to the sticking of objects into power points; ensure they are fixed high enough on the wall or in discreet locations. For information on preventative measures and ideal placement of power points, contact your local electrician on the North Shore.

  1. Lack of Safety Switches

 Safety switches minimize the risk of electric shocks, injuries and deaths, as well as electrical fires. Safety switches can be found in the switch box and should be on every power point within the home. If you feel that there is a lack of safety switches throughout your home, contact a licensed electrician for advice.

If In Doubt, Call a Qualified Tradesman

If you need an old switchboard rewired or just want some general safety information, contact your local electrician in Northern Beaches, Thrive Electrical, by phoning 13 0018 6864. Our qualified electrical contractors know all facets of electrical safety and could be key in preventing future incidents.