If you’re not sure whether you need to call an electrician there are safe ways to conduct a mini DIY electrical inspection. If you decide to follow these steps, make sure safety is always your top priority. If you’re unsure about anything, don’t touch and call an electrician. With that in mind, here are our 5 tips for a safe DIY electrical inspection.
Determine Any Electrical Hazards
Thoroughly check your home for any potential electrical hazards. This could include exposed or frayed wiring and broken or loose power points and light switches. Ensure you check even the ones you don’t use very often. If you find anything out of the ordinary, don’t touch it. It can be very dangerous and needs attention from a licensed electrician.
Check for Exposed or Uncovered Wiring
Even if the wiring in your home isn’t frayed or damaged, you still shouldn’t be able to see it. Have a look around and see if you can find any exposed or uncovered wiring. This can be a safety hazard or a sign of DIY wiring that may not be up to standard. Again, if you find anything out of the ordinary it’s important not to try and fix the problem yourself. Call your local electrician to discuss the issue.
Test Safety Switches
Make sure you test your safety switches now and again to ensure they’re working as they should. When you go to test the safety switches ensure you let everyone know as the process will cut power to those circuits connected to the switch. At the switchboard, press the ‘Test’ button. If it flicks off and cuts the power, it is working. You can check what appliances or lights are protected by that particular switch by checking what turns off. Don’t forget to turn the safety switch back on when you’re done. If there’s anything wrong, give your local electrician a call.
Test Power Points and Lighting
Once you’re satisfied there is no visible damage to any power points or light switches, try testing them – whether you use them often or not. If a particular socket or light doesn’t work, it’s important to get an electrician in to check everything is alright and that nothing is damaged.
Test Smoke Alarms
Ensure you regularly check the smoke alarms in your home. They are a crucial safety feature and may need attention from a professional if they are not working properly.
Don’t Hesitate to Call an Electrician
While you can inspect parts of your home yourself, electrical wiring and systems can be dangerous. If you don’t feel confident, simply call a qualified electrician to do a more thorough inspection. They know what to look for and what safety measures to take to ensure no one gets hurt.
If you’re located in Sydney, Jolt Electrical can perform an inspection or any repairs or maintenance for a great price. Simply give us a call today to discuss your needs on 0419 998 487.