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Top 10 Electrical Safety Tips Every Homeowner Should Know 

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Keeping your home and family safe is every homeowner’s top priority. From childproofing to fire safety, we go the extra mile to ensure our homes are secure. However, one aspect that often goes unnoticed is electrical safety. As responsible homeowners, it’s crucial to have a solid grasp of electrical safety to protect our families and make cost-effective choices. 

In this article, we unveil the top 10 electrical safety tips every homeowner should know to ensure your family’s well-being, boost energy efficiency, and even save you a few bucks along the way. 

Top 10 Electrical Safety Tips Every Homeowner Should Know 

Trust the Professionals 

When it comes to electrical work, never attempt a DIY fix. Always hire a qualified electrician who understands the intricacies of electrical work. This ensures the job is done safely and up to code, protecting your family and your home. Hiring a licenced electrician will also prevent costly electrical mishaps down the road. 

Read more: 
7 reasons why you should never attempt electrical DIY 
The Importance of Hiring Professional Electricians for Residential Properties  
 

Learn When to Unplug 

When not in use, unplug electrical devices and appliances. Not only does this reduce energy consumption, but it also minimises the risk of electrical fires caused by faulty cords or power surges. 
 

Do Not Overload! 

Avoid overloading power outlets with multiple appliances or using extension cords as permanent solutions. Spread out power-hungry devices across different outlets and invest in power strips with surge protectors to safeguard against electrical surges. 
 

Childproof Your Home 

For households with little ones, childproofing electrical outlets is a must. Install outlet covers or safety caps to prevent curious fingers from accessing power outlets. These simple, inexpensive safety devices can go a long way in preventing accidents and promoting family safety. 

It would also help if you read our article on Teaching Your Children Electrical Safety at Home to keep your children safe from the dangers of electricity.  
 

Smart Appliances 

Invest in energy-efficient appliances with high-star ratings to reduce energy consumption and lower your electricity bills. These smart choices not only help you save money but also contribute to a greener environment, setting a shining example for the entire family.  

Read more: 
Tips for Converting Your Home into a Smart Home  

Go green 

Ever thought about harnessing the power of the sun to light up your home? Investing in some solar panels can be a game-changer. They’ll power your home with the good ol’ Aussie sun and give you a break from relying on non-renewable energy sources. It’s like having your own mini power station on your roof!   

Read more: 
Solar Panels – It’s Time to Make the Switch!  
Canberra Solar Incentives & Rebates  
Cost Savings & Return on Investment (ROI) with Solar Energy 
 

Switchboard Check 

Regularly inspect your switchboard for signs of wear or damage. If it’s old or lacks safety switches, consider upgrading to modern safety-compliant models. A well-maintained switchboard is your family’s first line of defense against electrical hazards.  

Read our article on Signs that Indicate Your Switchboard Needs an Upgrade to know more.  
 

Opt for LED Lighting 

Switch to energy-efficient LED lighting for your home. Not only do LEDs consume less electricity, but their long lifespan also reduces the frequency of replacements, translating into cost savings over time. 

Read more: 
5 Reasons to Upgrade to LED Lighting 
Why LED Flood Lights are The Best for Your Yard 
 

Regular Inspections are Key 

Schedule regular electrical safety checks by a qualified electrician. These proactive check-ups can identify potential hazards early on, allowing you to address them before they escalate, safeguarding your family, and preserving your home’s value. 
 

Here’s a breakdown of our electrical safety checks: 

Smoke Alarm/Electrical Safety – $187 inc GST 

  • Switchboard tests 
  • Power point tests Electrical appliance inspection 
  • Replacement of faulty items (extra charge) 
  • 14-point safety check 
  • Smoke alarm safety check 
  • Smoke alarm battery replacement 
  • Smoke alarm replacement (extra charge) 
  • Smoke alarm positioning 
  • Digital records 
  • Service reports 

Certificate of Electrical Safety – $54.34 inc. GST 

Provision of non-prescribed certificate of electrical safety for electrical alteration or installation. Includes administration fees and charges. 
 

Always Be Prepared for Emergencies 

Lastly, make sure your family knows the location of the switchboard and how to turn off the power in case of emergencies. Familiarise them with safety procedures during power outages or electrical incidents. 

Read more: 
Power Outage – Causes & What To-Dos 

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With these top 10 electrical safety tips, you’re equipped to create a safer and more secure home for your family. From protecting your children to cutting down on energy costs, each tip is a spark of wisdom that empowers you to make smarter choices for your home. 
 

Remember, when it comes to electrical work, you can trust Capital Home Electrical to provide professional services, ensuring your family’s safety and peace of mind. Stay informed, stay safe, and let Capital Home Electrical light up your home with expertise and care. Call us today! 02 6100 2353