The average Australian home uses some form of electrical power. Every homeowner should know that having a home electrical safety check is important to the overall safety of the household.
Every Australian homeowner also needs to know the warning signs of potential or imminent electrical problems. Some signs are very obvious and easy to recognise. The following will discuss the warning signs you should be aware of in your home.
8 Electrical Warning Signs
Flickering lights – If your lights start flickering, you need to report it to your power company that provides your electricity to determine what needs to be done.
Damaged electrical fittings – Check your power points regularly. If they look discoloured, cracked, or melted, this could be a sign that your wiring is getting overheated. Call a licensed electrician immediately if you see this on your electrical power points and don’t risk your safety.
Getting shocked by appliances – If you get a little tingle or a shock from your appliances, electronics, or power tools, turn the device off immediately. Report the problem to your power company and stay away from the appliance until the issue is fixed.
Getting a tingle from a tap or metal fitting – Call your power provider if you feel a shock or tingle from a metal fitting or a tap in your house.
Sparking or noisy switches – Noticing a little flash when you turn on a power point or switch is normal, but excessive sparks or loud noises coming from these power sources is a bad sign. Call a licensed electrician to look at the offending power point or switch.
Blown circuit breakers or fuses – If you experience frequent issues with blown fuses and/or circuit breakers, that is a serious sign of an issue with your wiring that needs to be addressed right away. A licensed electrician can help evaluate and make the appropriate repairs.
Appliance efficiency issues – Anytime you have an appliance that acts up by not working as fast as usual, you should call a licensed electrician to look at it. Whether it’s a kettle, toaster, or other appliance, make sure it’s turned off, and unplugged. Leave it alone until the problem is fixed.
Earthing wires inspections – It’s recommended that you have your earthing wires inspected once a year to ensure there are no problems with your system. Earthing wires are designed to conduct stray electrical current into the ground safely.
Don’t risk the safety of your home and family if you experience any of these electrical warning signs in your home. Electricity comes with responsibility and dangers. Be an aware homeowner and recognise the signs of electrical problems and address then immediately to prevent fires and other electrical problems.