It’s a standing joke that the only way to get all the members of a household together in one room these days is to have a power cut. Without televisions, internet, lights and power, we suddenly realise how much we rely on an uninterrupted electrical supply.
But it although can take a crisis to recognise the value of a reliable electrical supply, it is a good idea to act against preventable problems that can be dangerous as well as inconvenient. A power cut is the least dangerous of the problems you could be facing if your electrical system needs repair.
Department of Commerce figures show that in the last 10 years almost 14,000 electric shocks requiring medical treatment have been reported in Western Australia, mostly occurring in the home, and 22 people have lost their lives.
Electrical fires can be devastating and hard to contain, and the trend to putting home appliances on standby instead of switching them off has put extra strain on wiring.
Most electrical fires are caused by faulty electrical outlets and old, outdated appliances. Never use an appliance with a worn or frayed cord which can send heat onto combustible surfaces like floors, curtains, and rugs that can start a fire. Running cords under rugs is another cause of electrical fires.
If your house needs several multi-outlet extenders, and power bars you could be overloading your system and should consider having your home rewired.
There are other signs that your electrics are faulty or overloaded and in need of repair. You should watch out for:
For peace of mind over any electrical issue, call North Coast Auto and Marine Electric for advice. We’ve been servicing Perth and the surrounding areas for nearly 40 years pride ourselves in keeping your property safe and reliable.