How safe is your home?
Most of us are more than happy to say goodbye to 2020, a year where most of us spent more time than usual at home and in the company of our immediate families and house-mates. While 2021 is set to allow us to be out and about a little more, it might be a good time to reflect on just how safe your home really is.
Hornsby Electric’s owner David Masters has flagged three important things that are often overlooked by homeowners but are crucial in ensuring a home free of electrical hazards and risks.
Check your smoke alarms: David says a lot of homes in the area don’t have a working smoke alarm. “Most have expired after ten years”. In fact, most house fires could have been prevented from working smoke alarms, and the technology used for them is so much better than it was ten years ago. If you can’t remember the last time yours was changed, it’s definitely worth getting it checked out.
Check your safety switchboard: Many homes don’t have safety switches. Electrical faults and appliances are a common cause of house fires in NSW every year but they don’t need to be. All of these fires could have been prevented by the simple installation of a safety switch, which is designed to turn off the electricity supply in milliseconds if an electrical fault is detected.
Check the state of your home’s wiring: David says “many homes in the area are at least 50 years old and haven’t been rewired; they still have their old electrical systems in place, which can be old and deteriorating, making them hazardous”. Electrical wiring protocols and standards have changed a lot in 100 years, as has our energy consumption so wiring that hasn’t been updated for at least twenty years could well be putting way too much pressure on your electrical system (at the best) and putting lives at risk (at worst)”.
Making sure your home is inspected by a good local electrician to ensure it’s a safe haven for your family is a great way to start off the year. We offer free safety inspections for all new customers. If you want to get anything checked out for your own peace of mind, give our team a call on 9477 2550.