Safety tips for around your home ...
Electrical safety during storms
Storms, floods and unpredictable weather are a part of life in Queensland. Be prepared this storm season and follow these tips to make sure you and your home are electrically safe.
Before a storm season or wet season
Check the following :
Install a safety switch and test it regularly.
Know where to turn off your power, gas and water supply in an emergency.
Electricity around water
Take extreme care when using electrical appliances or equipment near a swimming pool, pond, water feature, dam or creek.
Water and electricity do not mix.
Only use electrical equipment via a safety switch.
If equipment is not designed to operate in water, make sure it cannot fall or slide in.
Mains operated equipment like pumps, lights and appliances must be:
installed and used according to manufacturer's instructions
Electrical safety in ceiling spaces
Ceiling spaces can pose serious electrical safety risks to homeowners and tradespeople. Any person entering ceiling spaces needs to take precautions to minimise the risk associated with electrical cables and equipment and to let someone know you're entering the ceiling.
Turn the power off
Before entering any ceiling space, turn the power off at the main switchboard and take steps to tape it or label it to stop it being inadvertently turned back on by another person while you're working in the ceiling.