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SAFETY TIPSTwin Connect2017-12-13T09:24:30+10:00
- Be careful where you dig or drive stakes into the ground as electrical lines may be buried in the soil. Contact Dial Before You Dig for more information.
- When using ladders or moving sailing boats, always look out for powerlines and avoid going near them. Always ‘look up’.
- Do not use extension cables outdoors except when using an appliance. Do not leave extension cords outdoors permanently.
- Keep appliances and cords out of the rain and away from wet areas.
- Fly kites and model aeroplanes well away from overhead wires.
- Don’t climb trees or buildings near powerlines.
- Avoid touching trees or branches next to powerlines.
- Trees and powerlines do not mix, so plant trees or shrubs well away. If a tree or branch is near or touching any electrical wire or connection, please seek professional advice.
- When replacing or cleaning leaves out of guttering, do not allow any part of you or the guttering to touch the electrical wires or connections. To push and remove the leaves, use a wooden stick or broom handle. It is preferable to use a wooden ladder.
- When painting the outside of your house, make sure you avoid any contact with electrical wires and the point of attachment of the electricity supply. If necessary, contact Ausgrid to arrange for the use of ‘tiger tails’. Tiger tails are synthetic tubes that are clipped together over powerlines to protect tradesmen such as rooftilers, plumbers, builders or painters from any accidental contact with live powerlines. Tiger tails are used primarily as a visual indicator or for mechanical protection from electrical wires. They are not to be used as insulating material and will not provide full protection from live electricity.
- Replace damaged or frayed cords and extension leads
- Use safety switches at your fuse box or electrical outlet whenever possible. The safety switch detects most electrical faults which could pass through the human body causing electric shock.
- Switch off the power before replacing light bulbs. Be extra careful if your light is operated by a two-way switch.
- When removing a plug from the power point, never pull on the power cord.
- Use safety plugs in power points to keep your children safe.
- Never use more than one adaptor or power board at a power point.
- Only attach low powered appliances to power boards.
- If you receive a tingle or shock from an appliance, (tap, sink, shower or laundry tub), immediately turn off the power at the switchboard and call a licensed electrician or Ausgrid on 13 13 88.
- Do not touch electrical appliances with wet hands.
- Wear dry shoes with rubber soles when using electrical appliances in laundries, on wet floors, or outside.
- Keep electrical appliances away from water even when switched off.
- Do not use portable electric heaters in a bathroom. A fixed heater installed by an electrician is much safer.
- Read and follow the instructions that come with any new appliances you purchase.
- Use only licensed electricians to carry out electrical work such as installing power points or repairing electrical faults.