If an appliance needs adjusting or cleaning SWITCH OFF the by lisashepherd


									If an appliance needs adjusting or cleaning,                                 Make sure the flexible cord on cord reels is fully                          SAFETY SWITCHES
SWITCH OFF the power and PULL OUT                                            unwound. Overheating may occur if used to
the PLUG – not by the cord.                                                  supply high wattage appliances when coiled.                                Safety switches automatically disconnect
                                                                                                                                                        power supply in the event of a fault.

                                                                                                                                                        They are available in three basic types:
Household cleaners, detergents and
                                                                                                                                                        – The permanently installed switchboard
insecticides may cause cracking and
                                                                             ALWAYS treat a tingle or slight shock as a                                   unit that can be wired into your existing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     ELECTRICAL SAFETY
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   SAFETY GUIDE
create an electrical hazard if sprayed
                                                                             warning – advise your electricity authority or a                             switchboard and provide protection for the
on electrical accessories.
                                                                             Registered Electrical Contractor immediately.                                whole house or just for specific circuits.
                                                                             NEVER touch an appliance which caused                                      – The power outlet unit simply replaces an        Energy Safe Victoria
Never connect a piggyback plug or ordinary                                   a shock until it has been disconnected from                                  existing wall socket and functions as a         Phone (03) 9203 9700
                                                                             the power source. Label it clearly to prevent                                                                                Fax (03) 9686 2197
plug to the appliance end of an extension lead                                                                                                            normal socket.
                                                                             anyone else from using it until it has been                                                                                  Web www.esv.vic.gov.au
as the pins will be live. Fatal accidents have
                                                                             repaired and tested or replace it completely.                              – The portable unit provides a link between
been caused by this arrangement.
                                                                                                                                                          the normal outlet and a tool or appliance.
Teach children that electrical appliances,                                   Even if you consider yourself to be handy
cords, switches and outlets are not play things.                             around the home, DO NOT attempt electrical
Safety shuttered outlets as well as plastic                                  work of any kind. ALWAYS get it done by a
covers for ordinary type outlets are available.                              Registered Electrical Contractor - knowledge
                                                                             and experience of that person is your best                                 All safety switches have one thing in common
                                                                                                                                                        – THEY SAVE LIVES. They have the ability to
Frayed or damaged cords are dangerous                                                                                                                     switch off current in 30 milliseconds. That’s
and should be replaced immediately. Many                                                                                                                  one-thirtieth of a heartbeat! Fast enough to
old plugs do not have safety barriers between                                OVERSEAS                                                                     prevent a severe shock, minimise the danger
the connections – replace them with                                          TRAVELLERS                                                                   of a fire and save a life.
modern plugs.
                                                                             Some electrical articles purchased overseas                                However they do not give you or your family
                                                                             may not operate satisfactorily under Australian                            the freedom to be careless with electricity.
                                                                             conditions and may not comply with our safety
                                                                             standards – such articles could be hazardous
Keep the flexible cord well clear of your electric
                                                                             if used without modification. If you purchase        ELECTRIC SHOCK
edge trimmer or lawn mower when in use.
                                                                             electrical articles from overseas, have them        Resuscitation
If the cord is damaged, don’t touch the
                                                                             checked first BEFORE USE.                            Remember the person is electrified until released. Take precautions
edge trimmer or mower – switch power
off at the plug.                                                                                                                 against receiving a shock yourself by immediately switching off the
                                                                                                                                 electricity where practical. The person must be pulled or pushed
                                                    REMEMBER                                                                     clear of hazard using dry non-conducting material such as wood,
                                                    DON’T DO IT YOURSELF - CALL A REGISTERED                                     rope, clothing, rubber or plastic. DO NOT use metal or anything moist.
                                                                                                                                 Where necessary, prevent the person from sustaining further injury
                                                    ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR!                                                       by falling. Send for an ambulance or a doctor immediately.
Electric blankets like all other electrical
appliances must be used in strict accordance        All electrical wiring work, including the connection of fixed appliances
with the manufacturer’s instructions. Tie           such as rangehoods, water heaters etc., must be carried out by a
the tapes so that the blanket can’t crease.         Registered Electrical Contractor.
                                                                                                                                 The first 3 minutes are vital! Act immediately, assess level of
Have your electric blanket inspected                Anyone interfering with electrical wiring is not only breaking               consciousness and then…if person is not breathing, commence
at least once every five years.                      the law but runs the risk of a serious accident.                             expired air resuscitation.
USE ELECTRICITY                                              WATER AND ELECTRICITY
SAFELY                                                       ARE A DANGEROUS MIXTURE
Every year too many people lose their lives through                     An electric shock received in the swimming           Portable generator sets can be just as            DO NOT fly kites or model aeroplanes             STAY CLEAR OF OVERHEAD
electrical accidents. This leaflet shows the major                       pool area is more likely to be fatal than in other   dangerous as mains supply if misused.             anywhere near overhead powerlines/wires.
                                                                        locations – bare feet, minimum clothing and          Before connecting to house supply, check
causes of electrical accidents and how to avoid them.
                                                                        wet skin effectively reduce body resistance.         with your electricity supply authority.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Every year people die as a result of accidental
Many fatal accidents occur as a result of unqualified                    A shock from as low as 2 Volts IN WATER
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               contact with overhead powerlines.
people attempting to repair electrical equipment.                       could be sufficient to cause paralysis
                                                                        resulting in drowning.                               Use only approved hand-lamps, which                                                               Tip trucks, irrigation pipes, boat masts,
                                                                                                                             are fitted with guards to protect the lamp.                                                        cranes, grain augers and aerials have all
                                                                        Temporary or makeshift arrangements are
                                                                                                                             Home made hand-lamps have caused                  Fallen and sagging wires are dangerous –        caused fatal accidents if they have come
DON’T DO IT YOURSELF – CALL A                                           hazardous. Never use a portable electrical
                                                                                                                             many fatalities.                                  don’t touch, stand clear, stand guard and       into contact with powerlines.
REGISTERED ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR                                        appliance or place an extension cord where
                                                                                                                                                                               send for help. Notify the local electricity
                                                                        it could be splashed or fall into the pool.                                                                                                            Remember that electricity can spark across
                                                                                                                                                                               authority or police.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               from powerlines, so even a close approach
THE IMPORTANCE OF                                                       Because water conducts electricity,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               to them can kill.
EARTH WIRES                                                             DO NOT touch electrical appliances                                                                                                                     LOOK UP AND LIVE.
                                                                                                                             Many deaths have occurred due to the
Earth wires in appliance cords and in your electrical                   or switches with wet hands.
                                                                                                                             misuse of electric arc welders. Human contact
installation are your life-lines.                                       You could receive a fatal shock.                     between the electrode and the work can            Keep clear of electric wires attached
                                                                                                                             be fatal. Strictly observe established safety     to your house or shed.
In the event of a fault occurring, power will flow to earth
by the shortest and easiest path. If the appliance is not               Never leave an electrical appliance                                                                    When using a metal ladder, you are in effect,
properly earthed, the power may well flow through the                    where it can fall into the bath or basin.                                                              in metallic contact with the ground. Even the
body of the user….resulting perhaps in a fatal shock!                                                                                                                          simplest of tasks such as changing a lamp,
                                                                        Don’t leave unattended with children.
IN FLEXIBLE CORDS, THE GREEN/YELLOW OR                                                                                                                                         should be performed with great care.
                                                                        Unplug after use.                                    The use of oversized fuse wire can cause fires.
                                                                                                                             When a fuse blows repeatedly, there is a fault
                                                                                                                             somewhere…have it checked out by a
MARKED ‘E’ OR ‘EARTH’.                                                  DO NOT use a portable electric radiator                                                                                                                Multiple plugs can overload the power point
                                                                                                                             Registered Electrical Contractor.                 Be careful where you dig, there may be
                                                                        in the bathroom. A permanently installed                                                                                                               and wiring – having another power point
The earth wires from your power points join a main                                                                                                                             buried cables. If there is any doubt, call
                                                                        heater is much safer.                                                                                                                                  installed by a Registered Electrical Contractor
earth wire, which in turn is attached to a metal stake                                                                                                                         Dial Before You Dig on 1100 or visit            is a cheaper option than a fire
driven into the ground and/or a metal water pipe. This                                                                                                                         www.dialbeforeyoudig.com.au.
connection should be checked from time to time to see
that it is still connected and is not damaged.                                                                               Switch off all heating appliances if the power
                                                                                                                             fails – fires have been caused when the
If it is necessary to have the earth wire shifted for any               It is safe practice to wear rubber or plastic        power returns unexpectedly. Combustible
reason, or any metal water pipe altered or replaced by                  soled shoes when using electrical appliances         material must be kept well clear of all heating                                                   Makeshift extension cords and cords which
a plastic water pipe or fittings, contact a Registered                   in laundries, on concrete floors or out of doors.     appliances.                                       Climbing transmission line towers or entering   have no earth wire are dangerous. If you have
Electrical Contractor first.                                             Many victims of serious and fatal electrical                                                           substations can result in electrocution as      any doubt about the safety of an extension
                                                                        accidents are barefooted.                                                                              both carry extremely high voltages.             lead, replace it with a pre-assembled type
                                                                                                                                                                               KEEP WELL CLEAR of them.                        with a moulded plug and socket.
                                                                                                                             Never attach swings, clothes lines, hanging
                                                                                                                             baskets or the like of, around beams to           Remember that electricity can jump a
                                                                                                                             which electrical wiring is attached.              surprisingly long distance from high voltage    Broken switches and sockets are dangerous.
                                                                        The supply cord to your caravan must be                                                                equipment.                                      Cover them up and have them replaced by
                                                                        in good condition and rated at 15 amps.                                                                                                                a Registered Electrical Contractor.
                                                                        Beware of overhead powerlines/wires
                                                                        when erecting TV antennas.

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