Electrical Safety Week 2018

Electrical Safety Week 2018 goes from the 10th to 14th September 2018. 

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As part of this week, the College safety officer, Mr Antao has provided us with 5 safety tips for parents to discuss with their children. We encourage all parents to have a discussion with their children about the importance of being safe with electrical items. 

1. ELECTRICAL EMERGENCIES 

We all hope that we are never in an emergency involving electricity (e.g. damaged cords, fallen powerlines or a car accident) but if we are, it’s important to know what to do. If you come across an emergency involving electricity (like a fallen powerline) you should:

  • Ensure your own safety.
  • Turn the power off at the power point and remove the plug (if it is safe for you to do so).
  • Warn others and get an adult.
  • Ring Triple Zero (000).

2. DANGEROUS SITUATIONS

Always be on the lookout for dangers in and around your home. This could be anything from frayed and damaged electrical leads (where you can see the wires) to a ‘stacked’ or ‘piggybacked’ power point – one with too many plugs in it. These situations could be life threatening and a licensed electrical contractor should be called in to fix them instead of your Mum or Dad. Wrapping frayed or damaged cords with tape is not fixing them.

  • Faulty appliances and damaged electrical leads should be turned off at the power point and fixed or replaced by a licensed electrical contractor.
  • Never ‘piggy back’ double adapters in powerpoints. Use a power board or have extra power points installed. Overloaded power points with ‘piggy backed’ plugs can overheat and cause fires.
  • Before you or your family do any major digging in the yard you should get Mum or Dad to either call 1100, visit www.1100.com.au or download the free app to make sure there are no underground cables near your property. If you hit one you could be hurt, as well as possibly interrupting the power to your suburb.

3. SAFETY AROUND METAL

We all come into contact with metal objects everyday – turning on a tap, playing with our computers and toys and even using the fridge. Because metal conducts electricity, you have to be very careful when you use metal items.

  • Never put a metal object, like a knife into a toaster. It is very dangerous!
  • Never put anything in a power point that’s not meant for it. Electricity will travel right up the metal object into your body.
  • Be careful when climbing a ladder at home. The powerlines connected to your house are usually protected, but they can be damaged by rubbing against the gutter or a tree, or through exposure to the sun. If a person is on a metal ladder and touches the exposed line, the electricity will travel through their body to the earth.
  • Shocks and tingles can be a sign that there is something wrong with the electricity supply. If you get a shock from an electrical appliance or water taps, ask an adult to report it immediately.

4. SAFETY AROUND WATER

Like metal, water can conduct electricity because electrons can flow by hitching a ride on atoms and molecules in the water. Water contains dissolved substances such as salt. These greatly increase the ability of water to conduct electricity. That’s why electricity passes easily through our bodies – because our bodies contain water and salt. If you receive an electric shock, it can be very dangerous and even interfere with your heart making it beat irregularly.

  • Never touch electrical appliances or switches with wet hands.
  • Don’t use electrical appliances or touch switches while standing on wet ground with bare feet.
  • Keep all electrical appliances away from water like swimming pools and filled baths and basins.

5. OUTSIDE SAFETY 

We all like to play outside, but there are electrical hazards that we need to know about. Electricity poles and wires are all around us. They can be above us, next to us, and even below us. Play in open spaces away from electricity poles, towers and powerlines.

  • If you fly a kite and it gets caught in the overhead powerlines, live electricity could travel down the string and seriously hurt you. So look up before you fly and be careful!
  • Never climb a tree that is near powerlines. Look up before you climb!
  • After a storm, fallen powerlines can be hidden in fallen trees and branches. If you see a fallen powerline, there is a strong chance they are still alive. Stay at least 10 metres clear of them, warn others and ask an adult to call Triple Zero (000).


Additional electrical safety information is available from the major electrical providers.

Ergon Energy - https://www.ergon.com.au/netwo...

Energex - https://www.energex.com.au/hom...