Here at Brisbane Air we do everything possible to ensure our customers are safe around electricity. A few weeks ago we posted a list of ten electrical safety tips for the home, but now summer is on its way we thought we should post a few more that are really pertinent to the warmer weather. Of course, we all know that any appliances we buy or use should be approved and regularly tested for faults, but here are some other things you should do to help keep you and your family safe:
A Dozen Do’s of Summertime Electrical Safety
- Never cover a hot appliance with a towel or other household item, or clothes.
- Always unplug unused electric appliances (this will save money too).
- Never use extension leads in bathrooms or other wet areas.
- You might be in and out of the pool a lot: make sure you dry your hands thoroughly before using any electric appliance.
- If any electric appliance falls into water, throw it away. And don’t reach into the pool to retrieve an electric appliance, even if you think it has been turned off. Don’t be afraid to call an expert.
- Prevent little fingers playing with electric outlets by blocking them off with solid cover plates.
- Don’t swim when there’s an electric storm brewing: a bolt of lightning striking you is a million to one shot, but you don’t want to be that one in a million.
- Keep all of your electrical tools locked away in a dry place.
- Don’t overload your plugs with multiple appliances. It might be hot, but running a dozen fans off one socket is asking for trouble.
- If a fire is caused by electricity, whatever you do don’t douse it with water. Use the correct fire extinguisher and learn to use it properly: Pull, Aim, Squeeze and Sweep the flames (remember PASS an extinguisher over an electric fire).
Here at Brisbane Air we want everyone in the communities we serve to be safe and have a great summer. Electricity is probably the most important household energy supply we have, but it can also be the most dangerous. By using electricity wisely, and paying heed to the simple rules of safety around electricity, not only will you be teaching your kids how to use electricity in the right way, but you’ll also ensure you have the kind of fun filled summer you deserve.