Overhead power lines and underground cables June 19, 2018
It is the homeowner's responsibility to ensure that, within the boundary of their property, power lines and cables are maintained in a safe condition.Electricity is supplied to your home through overhead power lines or underground cables. These service lines are live and cannot be turned off by the main power switch on your switch board. If you touch them, or the bare conductors that connect them to the house, you may be seriously injured or killed....
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Ensure Fuses are correctly fitted May 12, 2018
The fuse protects the device from over current. It is designed to ‘blow’ and cut off the electricity when the current exceeds its rated capacity. It is important to ensure the correct fuse is used for the appliance. As a general guide 3 amp fuses are used in equipment up to 700 watts (W). For equipment with a rating greater than 700 watts (W) a 13-amp fuse will be required. Some equipment requires a 5 amp...
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Make Tight Wiring Connections March 11, 2018
Electricity travels along conductors, such as wires and the metal contacts of outlets and sockets. Tight connections between conductors create smooth transitions from one conductor to another. But loose connections act like speed bumps, restricting the flow and creating friction and heat. Very loose connections can lead to arcing, in which electricity jumps through the air from one conductor to another, creating tremendous heat. Prevent fire hazards by making sure all wiring connections are tight and...
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Check Amperage Ratings January 20, 2018
All electrical wiring and devices have an amperage, or amp, rating. This is the maximum amount of electrical current they can safely carry. Most standard household circuits are rated for 15 amps or 20 amps, while large-appliance circuits (such as for electric dryers and ranges) may be rated for 30, 40, 50 amps, or even more. When installing or replacing wiring or devices, all of the parts you use must have the appropriate amperage rating for...
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