Updated: Apr 11
Sometimes we just got lost when facing an electrical emergency at home. Especially when we do not have at hand the contact of a licensed electrical contractor. In this blog post, we share 3 pieces of advice you should remember when experiencing a sudden electrical issue.
With the increase of technology dependence, our demand for power grows every day. However, some old electrical installation can’t keep up with today’s electrical demand. New electrical codes are making homes safer, and it's important to keep up with the changes.
I understand that we live in such a busy world that we don’t even think that a simple outdated electrical system can put our home in danger. Sometimes we tend to only search for help in emergencies.
And thinking about you searching for electrical help on Google, that I’ve selected 3 things to have in mind when facing an emergent electrical problem in your house.
1. Stay Away of the Danger
If it is an injury call an ambulance on (000).
If it is a life-threaten situation like live wires or fallen poles, stay-away and call your power supplier.
We all have seen those tragic comedies where somebody gets in touch with an electrical source and become a conductor of electricity themselves. So, If you're facing a similar situation - Do not attempt to touch or rescue the person until the power has been cut off and the situation has been made safe by a suitably qualified person.
2. Do Not Attempt to DIY
When it comes to electricity, you should not do your own electrical work. Even when you think you know what you are doing, never attempt to DIY – it's dangerous, illegal and can be fatal.
Unlicensed DIY electrical work – it's just not worth the risk!
3. Get a Licensed Electrical Trade
Always get a licensed electrical contractor to do any electrical work. You can find the contact details of licensed electricians on TrueLocal, Yellow Pages or by contacting a local electrical industry association. If you know the name of the Electrician, you can check his license on Service NSW.
There you have 3 pieces of advice to guide you through a sudden electrical emergency.
This Blog Post was brought to you by Joe Edginton: Energy Culture founder and local professional electrician from the Northern Beaches, Sydney.