Unpredictable weather such as storms and flood are a part of life. consequently, it is important to take the time to prepare your family and character.
There are a number of simple steps you can take to protect personal safety, preserve electrical equipment and deal with possible damage to the home’s electrical system. Make sure you are electrically safe by following these 7 tips:
1. Put safety first
Don’t attempt do-it-yourself repairs if your character suffers storm damage, including your home’s electrical system and any electrical appliances affected. Be ready before a storm or wet season.
– Install a safety switch and test it regularly.
– Know where to turn off your strength, gas and water supply in an emergency.
– Pack up electrical equipment that’s not in use and store in a safe place.
2. Protect the system
Ask an electrician with experience in domestic electrical sets about having lightning protection installed in your switchboard to protect all appliances.
3. Unplug before the storm
– Unplug outside TVs and non-fixed aerials and store in a dry area.
– When a storm approaches switch off and unplug sensitive appliances or equipment.
– Shut down your solar PV system using the safe isolation procedure.
4. Don’t connect during the storm
Don’t use equipment directly connected to electricity, including the stove, during a storm.
– If you’ve lost strength, turn off your strength points and unplug electrical equipment.
– Don’t use a fixed telephone during a thunderstorm – it can deliver an electric shock.
– If flood waters are expected, shift electrical equipment to higher locations.
5. Be careful of wires
Don’t go outside to check the damage before an electrician arrives, especially during a storm, as fallen strength lines are easily hid and can be deadly.
– If you are in a car, stay away from strength lines, trees and watercourses. Stay in your means.
– If you have a solar PV system that has been damaged in a flood, storm or cyclone you need to have an electrical contractor inspect the system and check it is safe.
– Check your electrical appliances and equipment. Using water-damaged equipment can consequence in electric shocks and fires.
6. Call an electrician before your energy distributor
If the wires have been torn down in a black out, most houses will require internal repairs before the strength can be reconnected.
– Dispose of or have a licensed electrical contractor repair water-affected household electrical items, such as kettles, toasters and televisions.
– Call a licensed electrician to check all hard-wired electrical appliances, such as air-conditioning units or stoves, intended for re-use. This safety check may be required before the strength supply can be reconnected.
7. Be confident in your contractor
If you suffer storm damage connect with a local electrician. If you are using strength from generators, it can be dangerous if incorrectly managed.
– Connect your generator to your house electrical wiring using a generator change-over switch and appropriate socket. These switches must be installed by a licensed electrical contractor.
– Do not connect your generator to your house using a strength point on a strength circuit or any other connection point. This can cause dangerous ‘back-feeding’.
During storm seasons, it is definitely worth being additional careful with your home electrical systems and equipment. The functional stops you take could reduce the risk of electrical fires and safeguard your family from any possible hazards.