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Am I allowed to carry out small electrical jobs in my house myself?
That’s a firm no! DIY electrical is exceptionally dangerous, not to mention illegal. A licensed electrician should be hired to carry out all electrical projects with the exception of changing bulbs (we can also do that for you too). And please don’t ask us to show you how to do it for next time. Aside from the risk of being electrocuted, any work carried out by an unlicensed electrician will void your house and contents insurance. But wait…that’s not all. You could even be fined up to $40,000 for an individual or if a death occurs you could face fines of around $200,000 or three years imprisonment. Worth the risk? We don’t think so. (Source: Youi)
Is an electrical safety inspection really necessary?
Regular electrical safety inspections are exceptionally important and it could save you from being electrocuted, losing your home or loved ones due to an electrical fire. You should always organise a licensed electrician for a safety inspection when:
- You’re moving into a home previously owned or leased by someone else.
- Your home is more than 25 years old.
- It’s been more than 3 years since the last electrical inspection.
- You use the dishwasher or any other household appliance and it trips the safety switch.
- Your lighting flickers on or off.
- You’ve recently experienced a lightning strike.
- Smell burning or hear buzzing noises.
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What is AC? (Alternating Current?)
Australian households power supply is 240 volts AC, 50 hertz (Hz). AC is the acronym for Alternating Current and describes the way electricity flows through a circuit. An alternating current like the name suggests means the electrical current reverses its direction 50 times per second. The flow of the current is called the frequency and that creates Hertz (Hz). It’s the AC that ensures you have a continuous power supply so your small appliances and whitegoods keep working without cutting in and out.
What precautions are you taking to prevent the spread of COVID-19?
At Scott Electrics the health of our clients and team are our priority. We have rolled out a company wide COVID-19 safety plan. All electricians adhere to social distancing measures and strict hygiene practices. If you have any concerns or have someone in your household who is immunity compromised, don’t hesitate to contact us.
What should I do if my home is hit by lightning?
If you’ve lost power, contact your local electrical distributor who will be able to advise you on the length of power outages. If switchboards or power points have been damaged, do not touch them. Contact a local licensed electrician to carry out any electrical repairs. in the event of live wires, injury or fire, call 000.
What is a power surge?
Power surges occur due to sudden spikes in electrical currents caused by lightning storms, malfunctioning appliances, and unexpected power cuts. If your home or office’s electrical system isn’t protected and a power surge does occur, your electronic devices and household appliances may sustain damage. A surge may even result in an electrical fire. Book an electrical safety inspection.
How do you prevent a power surge from occurring?
You can’t prevent a power surge from happening, but you can prevent them from damaging your major appliances and electronics. The installation of surge protection power outlets throughout your home or office can limit the damage in the event of a lightning strike, brownout, unexpected power cut or spike in power. Request a quote for surge protection.
Can an electrician install a security alarm?
Not all electricians are created equal, but at Scott Electrics, we have the necessary licences that allow us to carry out data cabling and network infrastructure. In short this means, we are authorised to install home security alarms and CCTV systems. Book a home security inspection.
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