Can your house handle summer storms and electrical surges?
As per the Bureau of meteorology this summer season drought conditions are likely to continue across NSW/ACT with plenty of summer storms to follow.
How well will could you cope without?
- Air conditioning
Electricity is a basic commodity that each household needs, it is essential for a home to function well specially during this era of advanced technology, however, as important as it is, constant electricity supply in homes can be disrupted and can cause serious inconvenience and damage to appliances.
The good news is these issues can be prevented through with the help of some simple and effective pieces of equipment like surge diverters.
Now here are a couple of tips to safeguard your home from sudden summer storms.
1. Have a surge diverter installed at your meter board.
Lightning can cause electrical power surges, with the install of a surge diverter you will protect all electrical appliances within the house, these includes television, ovens and other electrical appliances.
2. Watch out for live wires,
If you see damage to your wiring, don’t go outside to check the damage call an electrician, especially during a storm, as fallen power lines are easily concealed and can be deadly. Be aware of your homes electrical structure as to prevent sudden electrical shocks, a current over 10 milliamps (0.01 amp) is capable of producing painful to sever shock, currents between 100 and 200 mA (0.1 to 0.2 amp) are lethal.
3. Ensure safety switches are installed on all electrical circuits.
Have your RCD’s or safety fuses double checked and replaced by a licensed electrician if needed. Be proactive not reactive, when it comes to electrical safety.
4. Prepare a simple household disaster plan and evacuation plan.
As we reiterate over and over to all our customers, prevention is always better than cure.
5. Check the condition of your roof and guttering and repair where necessary.
It’s common sense to ensure your house is sealed up and ready before the storm hits. Double check the gutters are cleaned out and ensure the downpipes cleared and flowing.
Identify where to turn off the main supply for water, power and gas in an emergency.
7. Keep the power going
Consider Purchasing a Portable Generator If your area is susceptible to storm activity and you have a small family consists of 3 members or more, purchasing a portable generator may be worth your while and would come in handy. Significant power line damage could take days to repair or rectify specially if you’re not the online one affected and you can’t leave your house powerless. You can help out your friends in your area if you have a functioning power while the electrical damage is being repaired.
8. Aftermath of the storm
After a storm hits, have a professional tradesperson conduct an inspection if you suspect electrical/plumbing damage in your property.
Call us at 13 10 91 and we will send our best local electrician to assist you with your concerns. We are serving areas in Canberra, Newcastle, Central Coast, Hunter Valley, Lake Macquarie and Port Stephens.