ERGON warns community not to take risks this Easter when doing home renovation projects.
ERGON warns community not to take risks this Easter when doing home renovation projects. Sharyn O'Neill ROK040113sspeedi2

Be power safe with tools this Easter doing renovations

WHILE the Easter break traditionally sees a lot of families head off on holiday, some elect to stay home and take advantage of the long - weekend to catch up of the those odd jobs around the home. 

Ergon Energy is warning the community not to take any risks with electrical safety and for everyone to stay safe this Easter no matter what pursuits they are engaged in.

Executive General Manager Operations Peter Billing said home renovation projects usually involved the use of power tools and other electrical equipment, which posed a danger if used incorrectly.

"The best protection against electrical accidents is the installation of a safety switch," Mr Billing said.

"In the majority of electrical faults, a safety switch will shut off the power supply instantaneously to protect people using electrical equipment.

"But even where a safety switch is installed, it is still important to follow some basic electrical safety principles to further reduce the risks.

"For example, don't use any electrical appliance in an area that is wet and always wear strong, rubber-soled footwear when using power tools.

"Anyone working near a service line that connects power to their home needs to 'Look up and Live' if using a metal ladder or pool scoop, clearing gutters or painting.

"Both the person and anything they are holding should be kept at least three metres from the line and attachment point because accidental contact can seriously injure or kill."

Mr Billing emphasised that electrical wiring and repairs around the home should never be attempted by the home handyperson.

"It's illegal for an unlicensed person to do any electrical work in the home. Several people have died performing electrical work they were not trained to do, which highlights the importance of having a licensed electrical contractor do this work," he said.

Mr Billing said other popular Easter activities including spending time around a swimming pool and boating and fishing trips also could pose electrical safety risks.

"It is important that people observe basic caution around the swimming pool by keeping appliances well away from the area and not attempting electrical maintenance on pool filtering equipment unless licensed to do so," he said.

"Boat owners need to follow Ergon Energy's 'Look Up and Live' message because masts, radio aerials and extension poles or outriggers can present very real dangers in the vicinity of overhead power lines."

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