Brisbane Electrician Discusses the Importance of Safety Switches on all Circuits | Electrician Brisbane | Brisbane ElectriciansSkip to MenuSkip to ContentSkip to Footer>
In light of the current media reporting of the recent Coroner’s findings related to the deaths of three young men in Queensland as a result of the botched Government Home Insulation Program, it is timely to revisit the importance of safety switches. Master Electricians Australia is asking the Government to legislate for safety switches to be installed on all circuits as a matter of urgency and in addition, has reminded householders that power needs to be turned off before entering the ceiling space.
A safety switch detects a fault in the circuit, and cuts the supply of electricity in as little as 30 milliseconds. Notably, this response time is faster than the critical phase of a heartbeat, and therefore significantly reduces the risk of death or serious injury.
A safety switch will protect you should you accidentally drive a nail into the wall and hit a wire when you hang a picture. A safety switch will protect you should a light fitting become faulty and live with electricity (you don’t want to be touching this light to change a bulb!). A safety switch will protect you should a leak in your roof cause water to go into a light fitting. A safety switch will protect you if a rat chews through your electrical cabling exposing the live wiring.
It is a concerning fact that more than 80% of home owners believe that they are safe from electrical injury in their homes. Many Australian homes already have safety switches on their power outlet circuits and some also have safety switches on the lighting circuits. In most homes though, other circuits such as pools, air-conditioners, hot water systems and stoves are not protected. For the highest possible level of protection, a safety switch on every circuit is essential.
Clearly, a safety switch should always be considered a secondary safety response as it is not a substitute for good old-fashioned common sense around electricity. A review of causes of death by electrocution in Queensland in the ten years to 2010 reveals some alarming statistics. Safety switches could have prevented 76%, or 25 of the 33 non-power line related electrical fatalities, if safety switches had been fitted! Of course, do not make the mistake of being lulled into a false sense of security just because you have a safety switch; having a safety switch means nothing unless you test it regularly! It is good practice to do this every three months, and a timely reminder would be the arrival of your electricity bill.
Research shows that there is an electrical fault rate of one in five homes. These faults can sometimes be associated with the deterioration of electrical fittings and cables, particularly in older homes. Just picture your neighbourhood street … one in five is a significant number! For the sake of yourself and your family please don’t risk it! Of course never risk doing your own electrical work. It’s tempting to try to save a few dollars, but what price can you put on a life??
Call your local Brisbane Electrician from Prestige Power. They will be more than happy to chat with you and discuss your specific situation, and recommend the best solution to protect you and your home.BRISBANE ELECTRICIANS | SAFETY SWITCH BRISBANE | SAFETY SWITCH TESTING BRISBANE | LIGHTING SAFETY SWITCH BRISBANE | POWER SAFETY SWITCH BRISBANE | SAFETY SWITCH TEST BRISBANESave TodayTestimonials
Pool, Air Con & Hot Water System Tariff 33 Rebates Now On Offer- Brisbane Electrician Explains… | Electrician Brisbane | Brisbane ElectriciansSkip to MenuSkip to ContentSkip to Footer>
Currently Energex are providing customers in South East Queensland with rebates to connect their pools, hot water systems and air conditioners to the cheaper Tariff 33.
Energex are offering a $250 rebate for pools, a $250 rebate for air conditioners, and a $100 rebate for hot water systems.
A Tariff 33 connection is simply a connection to select appliances where the supply authority (i.e. Energex) has the ability to switch on an off at different times at will. On the Tariff 33 connection, Energex will guarantee 18 hours of supply a day, and they will usually switch it off at times of peak demand in South East Queensland, say when everyone comes home from work and begins to switch on stoves, air conditioners and the like. Tariff connections allow the supply authority to turn off some of the load on the grid at peak times, thus lightening the load. Energex’s ability to remotely turn off Tariff 33 connected appliances at will remotely entitles you to a discount on that supply (usually around 7 to 8 cents off per kilowatt hour). This can translate into rather large savings on your power bills per annum.
Appliances like your pool and hot water system are ideal to be connected to Tariff 33 as it usually doesn’t matter if the power is turned off for a little while to them. Energex will guarantee a minimum of 18 hours per day supply to Tariff 33 connected appliances, and some days they do not turn it off at all. Typical times the Tariff 33 connected appliances are turned off is around 4:00pm, and the power may be turned back on again later that night or first thing in the morning. In regards to a pool chlorinator, you usually just set the timer on the controls to turn the pump on outside these typical ‘off’ hours.
Talk to your expert electrician from Prestige Power to discuss the many benefits, and for him to visit you to provide some recommendations and pricing. The work to connect the tariff is mostly performed by an electrician. He will then liaise with Energex to attend site and perform the final connection. Our team at Prestige Power will handle all the applications with Energex to ensure a smooth process.
Not only will you be saving on your power bills right away once the tariff is connected, now is a better time than ever to have the work done, as there are these generous rebates in place to save you even more money.
Call our Brisbane Electricians on 1300 608 208 to discuss your connection to cheaper Tariff 33, and start saving today!
Renovation Resurgence … Brisbane Electrician Offers a Few Suggestions! | Electrician Brisbane | Brisbane ElectriciansSkip to MenuSkip to ContentSkip to Footer>
There are not too many homeowners out there it seems, who aren’t devoted viewers of the home renovation shows exploding onto our television screens at every turn. Oh, how we love the reality shows such as ‘The Block’ and ‘House Rules’! There are just so many great ideas to spark the imagination and get our creative juices flowing!
We don’t always want to spend a fortune on a reno these days, but we still want our homes to look great and make our friends envious; and of course, in our tough economic times we know it is often cheaper to renovate than to relocate.
It’s easy to forget though that most walls contain electrical cables, so start by putting your power tools down and checking where your cables run. And always make sure the power is off before you pick them up again! Asking an electrician is certainly the best way to go. If you cut through a cable the work involved to fix your mistake could be costly, and much more expensive than consulting the professionals to begin with. Remember, a small mistake with electricity could even be fatal.
So, apart from the important safety angle what do we need to consider electrically when planning our reno? Never have we heard a homeowner complain about having too many power outlets in the kitchen – or anywhere else for that matter! Consider all the appliances out there these days which have been designed to make our lives easier – food processors, blenders, mixers and bread makers, and not forgetting our microwave, coffee machine, toaster and kettle to name just a few. The convenience of having sufficient outlets to plug in these various appliances can sometimes make the difference between getting a hot meal on the table or one that is just lukewarm. You might also like to consider having some of the appliances installed under a counter, rather than them cluttering up your bench.
Maybe you enjoy watching television while you cook, or you require an outlet nearby for your computer linked to the internet to access your favourite recipes. Our qualified electricians can install data lines at the same time as the TV outlet.
Another consideration could be recessed lighting for that special room ambiance as well as dedicated behind-the-wall wiring for music. Today’s surround sound entertainment systems benefit from locating the speakers at strategic points around the viewer and these wires can be installed neatly out of sight during your renovation.
But if you really crave the latest technology, why not consider a structured network for your home that will keep pace with your family needs (and make your friends super envious!). Home networking products provided a unique structured wiring solution that integrates and distributes home entertainment, computer networking, audio and video, digital and pay TV, and security signals throughout your home. In simple terms, a ‘Smart Home’ provides superior comfort, convenience, security and energy saving through intelligent control of lighting and electrical devices. Although the idea of having a ‘smart home’ is exciting it can be confusing to know where to start and what it all really means. However, although there are many systems and products available on the market which can enhance your everyday lifestyle, they can be designed to suit your needs and budget. Simply ask your friendly electrical professional from Prestige Power for more information.
Finally, don’t overlook the outside of your home during your renovations; we can also assist with security systems and outdoor lighting to make your home that much safer. Don’t forget your entertainment area either; consider adding speciality electrical fixtures designed for outdoor use, such as spotlights and a weatherproof power outlet or two. You will still want to enjoy your music if you spend time outside so bring the wiring for the speakers outside too. There are weatherproof speakers that complement any outdoor décor, some of which are designed to look like ‘rocks’, which means they won’t even be noticed!
Call our Brisbane Electricians on 1300 608 208 to talk over your renovation plans. We will be happy to discuss your needs, make suggestions and provide you with a fixed quote, all at a time convenient to you===========================
Brisbane Electrician Explains That Safety Switches Need Maintenance Too | Electrician Brisbane | Brisbane ElectriciansSkip to MenuSkip to ContentSkip to Footer>
Most people take their safety switches for granted really. They sit out in the electrical switchboard all year long out of site, out of mind. It is only when they periodically trip does anyone give them much thought. But without a proper functioning safety switch in your home, your household electrical safety is at risk. Wouldn’t it make sense to check your safety switch every now and then to ensure it is still working the way it should the day it was installed?
A safety switch which is not checked for correct operation periodically is more likely to fail when needed most. Like most mechanical devices, they are prone to ‘stick’ when the mechanism hasn’t been operated in a while. Our Electricians at Prestige Power recommend your safety switches be checked at least every 6 months, and preferably every 3 months.
Thankfully, this is a task easily and safely performed by yourself. Every household safety switch has a ‘Test’ button on the front of the device, usually marked with the letter ‘T’. Simply press this test button momentarily, and if the safety switch is operating correctly, the toggle on the device will activate and trip. When this toggle trips, your safety switch will cut power to the household electrical circuits it is connected to. To restore power, simply push the toggle back to the ‘On’ position. TIP: You will notice a fair bit of resistance on the toggle switch when you are re-engaging it, especially as you near the ‘On’ position. This is perfectly normal. Just continue to push the toggle all the way to the ‘On’ position until it stays there by itself.
Note: When you go to test your safety switch, you may like to ensure that everyone in the household is aware the power is going off to ensure no data is lost on computers etc.
We recommend you coincide the testing of your safety switches with a memorable date, such as when your electricity bill comes in every quarter. Whatever way it is you like to remember, ensure you test your own safety switch every 3-6 months. There is no use having a safety switch unless it works.
On the off-chance that the safety switch fails to trip when you press the ‘Test’ button, please call our Electricians immediately on 1300 761 141 to come around and replace it for you. Don’t be fooled by thinking you have a new house and wiring and naturally assume your safety switches work properly. Our Brisbane Electricians have many a time identified safety switches less than a year old that failed. Please check your safety switch today.
Brisbane Electrician Explains Difference Between Circuit Breakers, Safety Switches & Surge Diverters | Electrician Brisbane | Brisbane ElectriciansSkip to MenuSkip to ContentSkip to Footer>
We have noticed lately from talking with our customers that there is a bit of confusion surrounding the difference between a circuit breaker, a safety switch and a surge diverter.
Far too many people get confused between these three devices, not being clear on what each device does, or assuming each device does more that it is actually designed for.
Here is the best way of explaining the role of each device: A circuit breaker (or fuse) is designed to protect your wiring, a safety switch is designed to protect people, and a surge diverter is designed to protect appliances. Simple as that really!
Your circuit breakers or fuses in your main switchboard are really only there to protect the wiring from overload. Because they sometimes take far too long to trip in an overload situation, they cannot be relied upon to protect someone if they poke something in a socket for example. This is where you need a safety switch installed (preferably several!). A safety switch will trip off in less than 30 milliseconds before you receive an electric shock. On the other hand, neither a circuit breaker or safety switch is suitable to protect your sensitive electronic equipment from voltage spikes or surges. This is the job of the surge diverter. Whole house surge diverters are installed in your main switchboard before the wiring that enters your home, and they will protect all hard-wired and plug-in appliances.
Talk with your local Brisbane Electrician from Prestige Power. They will be more than happy to chat with you and discuss your specific situation, and recommend the best combination of these devices to protect you and your home.