Electricity is something we can’t see or smell, which makes it very unique as a hazard.
If your electrical system has been left neglected, it can become unpredictable and dangerous.
We have provided a checklist of key components that will bring the standards of your electrical system back into shape, protect your valuable property and most importantly protect the people in your home.
RCDS (also known as safety switches) can definitely save lives as they check and monitor the flow of current that passes through the particular circuit its protecting, and if there’s an imbalance the safety switch will cut the supply.
DO NOT CONFUSE YOURSELF BETWEEN A CIRCUIT BREAKER AND AN RCD, THEY ARE COMPLETELY DIFFERENT.
RCDS will have a test button on the device, and should be tested regularly for correct operation.
A switchboard that is poorly maintained can become a serious issue. Not only does it potentially cause inconvenience to your electrical system, it can also become a fire hazard.
Old ceramic fuses have been phased-out and although they are being gradually replaced with circuit breakers, many homes still have them. Poor connections within the fuse can create arcing and overheating, which leads to potential fire dangers.
Switchboard upgrades are highly recommended if your home still has ceramic fuses in operation.
Only working smoke alarms can provide your family with the early warning signs that a fire has started in your home.
A smoke alarm is an electronic device that will provide a siren sound upon activation and must be connected to your electrical system.
Not all smoke alarms are the same, they come in two types to accommodate for different fire hazards (Ionization & Photoelectric).
There are serious electrical safety risks in your roof space with many cables often located up there.
Houses built before the 1980’s will only increase these risks since the standards of wiring and closing cable joints in junction boxes were not required.
If you do come across exposed cable joints in the roof, it is extremely advisable to contact a licensed electrical contractor to rectify the situation.
Halogen downlights are a huge contributor for house fires, since the operating temperatures can easily reach above 250 Degrees Celsius.
Incorrectly installed halogen downlights are even more of a danger if they are installed close to a timber beam or covered by thermal insulation.
Even with the correct installation techniques, halogen downlights pose great danger when they have no protective barrier to stop combustible materials from gathering on the globe.
Piggy-backing double adapters and power boards is a bad habit for home owners and is another potential source for house fires.
If you need extra power points within your home, you should purchase a power board with adequate points to avoid piggy-backing.
Alternatively, you can get us to install dedicated power points which is always the better option.
Your home should have a copper rod in the ground with an earth (green & yellow) cable attached to it. This is a vital part of your home electrical system and should be checked for damage or corrosion.
Older homes may have a galvanized star picket installed, and some may have none (using the copper water piping instead).
These methods are obsolete and now require copper rods, which are a far superior earthing method for your home.
Electrical surges are commonly caused by lightning strikes and electricity generation. Electrical surges can quite often damage your electrical equipment, especially sensitive electronics such as your computer and Smart TV’s.
Surge protective power boards and power points will prevent these surges from damaging sensitive electronic equipment.
Surge protectors should not be confused with safety switches, as they serve another purpose. Matic Electro Services can install dedicated surge protected power points and surge arrestors for the whole house.
Never do your own electrical work or use an unlicensed electrical worker. Incorrectly installed electrical wiring and accessories could be disastrous, causing severe injuries and property damage.
We at Matic Electro Services perform to the highest electrical standards, and provide statements of electrical certifications on completion of our jobs.