At Dolphin Electrical we are fortunate our business is an essential service and we are able to continue operating as we would normally albeit with a few Covid-19 tweaks to our procedures. We are however acutely aware a large number of our customers have needed to adjust their way of operating substantially. We wanted to assure our customers we are here to support them in anyway we can as they re-calibrate their way of working.
Home based offices are considered a workplace under work health and safety laws so it’s important for workers and employers to work together to identify and minimise work health and safety risks at home. Here are some tips to ensure your safety at home when using electrical equipment:
1. Check to see if you have a safety switch installed
- If you are not sure, you can use the following work safe website link to a short instructional video.
2. Check your safety switch is operational
- Press the test button on your safety switch before you initially start work from home and every three months thereafter.
- Again the above link can help you with this.
3. Complete a visual inspection of all electrical equipment in your home office.
- Check for cuts, nicks or exposed cable on any cords.
- Check equipment for visible damage (broken covers, overheating discolouration).
- Discard any damaged equipment or have it repaired by a licensed electrical worker. Do not attempt to repair faulty equipment yourself.
- Ensure leads and power boards are placed where they will not get damaged by moving furniture, chairs, foot traffic or other activities.
- To avoid overheating and fire risks, don’t place papers or other items against air vents of equipment or cover equipment such as power boards or power supplies.
- Don’t cover or stack equipment under charge (e.g. phones to laptops).
- Don’t permit children to touch or play with electrical cords
- Make sure electrical cords are not dangling or within reach of your child.
- Ensure power boards and outlets are not overloaded
- Ensure power boards and outlets are not placed where they can be splashed by liquid.
How we can help
- If you find your safety switch doesn’t trip when tested it will need to be replaced as it is faulty. Safety regulations state this must be done by a licensed electrician.
- If you are unsure about the safety of your appliance cords or plugs we can replace these for you.
- If you need an extra power point installed so you don’t overload those you have, give us a call we are more than happy to help.
- If you are unsure about the safety of having us in your home during the Covid-19 pandemic please refer to our recent blog on ways we have altered our procedures to keep you safe.
Contact us for your safety requirements