DABS consider electrical safety very seriously. We are committed to upholding the highest standards of safety in our work, and promoting awareness of electrical safety. The following are the guidelines in respect of safety:
Be aware: Be aware of all overhead and underground power lines before you plan on doing any work near a power line.
Exercise caution: Look up and make sure to use extreme caution to not touch or approach power lines when performing activities that could be potentially dangerous, such as using a ladder, pruning or cutting trees, operating farm or other equipment, and carrying long tools or pipes, etc.
Proceed with care: Always look out for fallen or sagging wires/conductors, especially after storms, and stay until clear all downed power lines.
Stay clear: Stay at least 10 meters away from a downed power line or any other damaged line or tower. The voltage is highest nearer to the downed line, and it decreases with distance from the place where it is downed. If you feel a tingling sensation, immediately put your feet together and shuffle away from the damaged facility.
Stay in or hop out: If you are in a vehicle that is touching a downed or damaged power line or tower, stay in your vehicle if you can, until you received some ones assistance. If it is unsafe, due to imminent danger such as a fire, jump out of your vehicle with your feet together and without touching the vehicle or any other equipment. Shuffle away from the damaged facility.
Safety checks: DABS recommends that customers are arrange for regular safety checks of their existing or newly purchased home, especially where old wiring has deteriorated and become unsafe. It is recommended that periodic checks be carried out on safety switches (every six months) and circuit breakers (every two years). Special attention should be taken to all the following aspects of existing installations:
- Service neutral links and the customer's active and neutral links
- Overhead point of attachment including exposed consumers mains that are often prone to ultraviolet degradation
- Structural integrity of private pole As (and other private poles)
- Old hinged wooden switchboards
- Obsolete service fuses
- Old underground service termination boxes and old overhead mains connection boxes
- Private aerial mains, particularly bare mains in bush fire prone areas
Indoor Safety Awareness:
Most electrical accidents happen indoors so consider the following safety precautions:
- Replace damaged or frayed cords and extension leads
- Use safety switches at your fuse box or electrical outlet whenever possible. The safety switch detects most electrical faults which could pass through the human body causing electric shock.
- Switch off the power before replacing light bulbs. Be extra careful if your light is operated by a two-way switch.
- When removing a plug from the power point, never pull on the power cord.
- Use safety plugs in power points to keep your children safe.
- Never use more than one adaptor or power board at a power point.
- Only attach low powered appliances to power boards.
- If you sense a tingle or shock from an appliance, (tap, sink, shower or laundry tub), immediately turn off the power at the main switch.
- Do not touch electrical appliances with wet hands.
- Wear dry shoes with rubber soles when using electrical appliances in laundries, on wet floors, or outside.
- Keep electrical appliances away from water even when switched off.
- Do not use portable electric heaters in a bathroom. A fixed heater installed by an electrician is much safer.
- Read and follow the instructions that come with any new appliances you purchase.
Outdoor Safety awareness:
Consider these electrical safety tips at outdoor:
- Be careful where you dig or drive stakes into the ground as electrical lines may be buried in the soil.
- While using ladders always look out for power lines and try to avoid going to near the power lines.
- Except for some critical appliances, don’t use extension cables in outdoor? Don’t leave extension cords at outdoor permanently.
- Keep appliances and cords away from rain and wet areas.
- Fly kites well away from overhead wires.
- Don't climb trees or buildings near power lines.
- Avoid touching trees or branches next to power lines.
- While laying the lines, do not mix trees and power lines. Plant trees or shrubs well away from power lines. If a tree or branch is near or touching any electrical power line or connection, please seek professional advice.
- When replacing or cleaning leaves out of guttering, do not allow any part of you or the guttering to touch the electrical wires or connections. To push and remove the leaves, use a wooden stick or broom handle. It is preferable to use a wooden ladder.
- When painting outside of your house, make sure you are away from electrical power lines and the point of contact of electricity.
Awareness during outages
Power outage occurs: Never go near or touch a fallen power line or any other damaged electrical facility.
Power is out at your home: If your neighbor’s power is on, check your breaker panel. Turn all breakers off for few minutes before turning them back on. If your neighbor’s power is also off, then Call 144 (your electricity call center) to report the outage.
Unplug electrical equipment: This will protect your electric devices from damage when the power is restored. Use surge protectors on sensitive electronic equipment.