Electrical Safety for Kids in the Home

Electrical Safety for Kids in the HomeAs your child grows, teaching them how to be safe around electricity is essential to protect both themselves and electrical appliances. Electricity should not be feared but, like many things, it needs to be respected and treated properly to avoid any problems. Here are some things you can teach your child about electrical safety around the home:

Water and electricity

  • Teach children that water and electricity don’t mix. This means that you shouldn’t take plugged in electrical items like music players and heaters into bathrooms, kitchens, pool areas or other places where water is present. If your child is old enough you can explain how our bodies are made of a lot of water and salt so electricity passes through us easily and can cause us harm.
  • Remind children to never touch electrical or metal things with wet hands as they can get an electric shock. This means that when they get out of the bath or shower or wash their hands they need to dry everything thoroughly before touching electrical equipment, metal taps or power plugs and switches.

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Smart Smoke Alarm Systems are Blazing a Trail in Intelligent Design

Smart smoke alarm systems have greatly improved safety in commercial accommodation venues such as hotels, motels and hostels.

The industry news and analysis site Sourceable reported that most buildings employ single-station or multi-station 120 VAC alarms, which only offer localised warning when an incident occurs. However, intelligent systems can send a signal to the front desk to quickly attract staff to combat a potential fire or initiate an evacuation.
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When Do You Need to Get an Electrical Inspection?

When Do You Need to Get an Electrical Inspection?There are quite a few instances when it is recommended you get an electrical inspection done to make sure that your home’s wiring and other electrical components are in good working order and do not pose a hazard to you or your family. Here are some of those instances:

Before you commit to buying a house

A house is a huge financial commitment so if you can find out as much as you can about the property first, it could save you money later on and prevent major problems.  An electrical inspection can also help you negotiate a lower price if you find any property faults.

An electrical inspection can sometimes be included in the overall pre-purchase property inspection report (or building inspection) you get, which will cover things like plumbing, heating, kitchen appliances, fire safety, foundations and more. However, you should not just expect this to be the case.

The NSW Government’s Office of Fair Trading building inspection guide explained that a building inspector will not normally inspect electrical wiring and smoke alarms, yet these things are extremely important and should be checked before committing to buying a home. If your building inspection does not cover electrical aspects it is recommended that you employ an electrician to look at the wiring, test the outlets, check the electrical panel, look at smoke alarms and test the ground fault circuit interrupters. Click Here To Read More

Business Need to Cut Down on Energy Use? Check Out these 3 Tips with a Difference

Does your business need to lower its energy use? This can be a good move not only to cut down on the electricity bills but it also helps the environment.

Bill Ritter, the director of the Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University,explained three key measures that can have a significant impact. Click Here To Read More

How Could Your Business Benefit from Energy Saving Bulbs?

How Could Your Business Benefit from Energy Saving Bulbs?As electricity costs rise in Australia, we’re all trying to find ways to cut down on our energy usage. Perhaps you’re being more conscious of which lights are on at home or you’re choosing energy efficient appliances. But have you applied these energy saving practices to your business?


Cut down costs

There’s no doubt that businesses use a large amount of electricity and it can be a major part of a business’ expenses. One way to drastically cut down these costs is by installing energy saving light bulbs in place of your incandescent or halogen lights. Electricity provider Endeavour Energy state that energy efficient light bulbs like compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) use 75% less power than the traditional incandescent bulbs.

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6 Steps to Finding a Good Tradie

Don’t wind up with a tradie horror story. Here are some tips for finding a good tradie fromnews.com.au.

  1. Make sure they’re qualified. Choose a contractor that is accredited by trusted industry bodies. If they’ve taken the trouble to get accredited, they’re more likely to be legitimate.
  2. Ask for references. Speak to the tradie’s former or current clients to be sure they’re up to the job. Find out about their skill level and work ethic.
  3. Get a proper quote. Ask for a detailed quote to limit the chance of miscommunication and future disputes. Ensure the quote features the contractor’s ABN or license number. Click Here To Read More

What Jobs Require an Electrician?

Generally, any electrical work beyond changing a light bulb needs to carried out by a qualified electrician, according to build.com.au.

Although Australia is a DIY nation, the consequences of doing illegal electrical work can be deadly. House fires and electrocution are a genuine risk.

Electrical work needs to be carried out to the Australian Standard AS/NZS 3000:2007. These standards are very strict and help protect people and their property.

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Reviewers Praise New Smoke Alarm

Reviewers have had nothing but praise for the new smoke detector Nest Protect Smoke Alarm,according to Business Insider.

The device has fast acting motion sensors that can silence the alarm when needed, such as when it’s been triggered by burnt toast. You just need to persistently wave at the alarm but it is designed in such a way that children can’t turn it off.

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A Brief History of the Electrical Safety of Australian Workers

Many Australian workers take for granted the concept of being safe at work. However, this state has come about because of decades of hard work, explained pacetoday.com.au.


There was a time when employees were responsible for their own safety at work. While basic safety practices, such as the use of gloves and hard hats, have been in place since the early 20th century, electrical safety systems only became commonplace around 25 years ago.

Safety relays and presence sensing systems arrived in the late 1980s via imported European machinery.

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3 Steps to Finding a Good Electrician

Finding a good electrician is essential for keeping a house safe for its residents. Smartguy.com went over some of the essential steps to find a reliable contractor.

1. Create a list.

The list should outline all the electrical work that needs to be carried out at home. This will help you to decide the type of electrician you need while helping the electrician to provide an accurate quote.
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