These days, we tend to take electricity for granted and we don’t consider the possible dangers that can so easily occur. With winter approaching, and heaters gradually warming up, it’s a good time to consider your home and/or business and ensure your family and colleagues are safe from potential electrical hazards.
What is an Electrical Safety Inspection?
An Electrical Safety Inspection is an inspection carried out by a licensed A-Grade Electrician that assesses the condition of all existing electrical installations within and surrounding the home or business. The electrician is able to recognise any electrical safety concerns in line with the Electrical Safety Act, Electrical Installations Regulations and Wiring Rules that may be a risk to the occupants.
Why do I need an Electrical Safety Inspection?
A study by Master Electricians Australia revealed that on average, 15 people are killed in Australia each year from electrical related accidents inside their homes. And on top of that, around 300 people are hospitalised with severe burns or other electrical related injuries.
From a commercial perspective, between 2003 and 2013, Safe Work Australia documented that there were 129 fatalities in Australia that were caused by ‘contact with electricity’. That’s an average of 13 fatalities per year. Not to mention the thousands of fires that destroy both homes and businesses each year that have started due to electrical related incidents.
These are alarming statistics that could have potentially been prevented by a simple electrical inspection carried out by a licensed electrician.
When should an Electrical Safety Inspection be carried out?
In order to keep all Australian’s safe in their homes, Energy Safe Victoria (ESV) recommends that all domestic homes have an electrical safety inspection:
- if the property is more than 25 years old;
- prior to selling a property or when buying a previously occupied property;
- if you have concerns about the wiring or equipment;
- if the wiring is old
They also recommend that all houses are inspected by a licensed professional every five years to ensure the environment is free from electrical hazards that may arise.
We suggest the same for commercial properties.
What happens during an Electrical Safety Inspection?
During an inspection, the electrician will carry out visual assessments and test certain appliances, circuits and outlets, particularly if concern arises. Throughout more detailed testing, the power will be switched off.
Both internal and external areas of the property should be inspected to ensure a comprehensive assessment is conducted. In particular, the property’s switchboard should be inspected to ensure it is free from any potential electrical hazards that could threaten the home or business.
During the inspection, the electrician should be recording all findings on a form/checklist/report.
What are some common findings during an Electrical Safety Inspection?
It isn’t unusual to discover that homes and commercial properties alike may look safe from the outside, but when a licensed professional digs a little deeper may uncover some potentially life threatening hazards. Some of these findings may include:
- find potential electrical hazards in electrical installations
- reveal if any electrical circuits or equipment are overloaded
- identify any defective DIY electrical work
- highlight a lack of earthing or bonding
What will I receive upon the completion of an Electrical Safety Inspection?
Although currently there isn’t any legislative documentation or certification that is required upon a completion of an Electrical Safety Inspection, it is recommended that one or more of the following is supplied to the Client by the electrician:
- Energy Safe Victoria’s (ESV) Certificate of Home Safety Inspection – Report
- A checklist listing all observed and tested appliances, circuits and outlets including explanations if applicable
- A detailed report outlining any observations that may be considered a potential hazard
- Recommendations to prevent any electrical failures in the future
Any documentation you receive should be kept in a safe and accessible place should you require it in the future (e.g. insurance purposes, future electrical projects, to accompany a WHS report, or as an asset when selling the property).
How do I organise to get an Electrical Safety Inspection carried out at my home or business?
If you fit into one of the categories suggested in “When should an Electrical Safety Inspection be carried out?” or you are simply wanting to ensure your family and/or work colleagues are safe, get in contact with Melbourne Electrical and Data Solutions today. We can organise a time and date that suits you and conduct a comprehensive Electrical Safety Inspection for your home or business. We will provide you with Energy Safe Victoria’s (ESV) Certificate of Home Safety Inspection (if applicable) as well as a complete personalised report outlining our observations, listing all key criteria on a checklist and a detailed synopsis of our recommendations. After all, we’re experts in our field and understand the importance of a safe environment.