Protect you and your family from electrical hazards, fire and electric shock by following this simple checklist.
ELECTRICAL SAFETY CHECKLIST
Protect you and your family from electrical hazards, fire, and electric shock by following this simple checklist.
☐ Check that all appliances are away from hot surfaces and water. Pay close attention to those that are around sinks and stovetops.
☐ Push all appliances back away from the edge of the benchtops.
☐ Unplug all appliances that are not in use.
☐ Make sure that all appliances that generate heat, such as microwaves, toasters and kettles, have enough space around them for air circulation.
☐ Ensure that all appliances are in good working order and are clean.
☐ Check all electrical cords for frays, cracks and/or kinks. Replace those that are damaged.
☐ Make sure that all cords are firmly within their sockets and are not hanging out.
☐ Minimise the use of extension cords and powerboards where possible. These are only to be used on a temporary basis and are not a permanent solution.
☐ Make sure that all cords are out of the way and are not a tripping hazard. Ensure that there is no furniture placed on top of them and that they are not tangled.
☐ Make sure that all cords are unwrapped as it can result in overheating if they are not.
☐ Check to make sure that all wall outlets and switches are operating correctly and are in good condition.
☐ Check to make sure that all wall outlets and switches are cool to the touch.
☐ Check to make sure that no wall outlets and switches are crackling, humming or buzzing.
☐ Make sure that no wall outlets are overloaded with powerboards or adaptors. Relocate some appliances or devices if possible.
☐ Ensure that no outlets are discoloured.
☐ Ensure that all devices plugged into an outlet fit securely and are not loose or falling out.
☐ Make sure that all light bulbs are the correct wattage for the fixture.
☐ Replace all halogen or incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs (CFL) or LEDs.
☐ Make sure that all lamps are on a flat and level surface and are away from flammables such as curtains.
☐ Do you have smoke alarms in a convenient location to give you and your family reasonable warning when sleeping?
☐ Have you tested your smoke alarm/s in the last month by pressing the ‘test’ button?
☐ Have you replaced your smoke alarm/s in the last ten years?