- May 02, 2014
Back in 2011, Australia was hit by a summer of natural disasters. The ABS notes that over 700,000 individuals required financial assistance from the Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment (AGDRP) program. The natural disasters which rocked the country in that period include floods in WA, QLD, NSW and Vic, as well as the WA bushfires in 2011. When disaster strikes in your state, you want to have peace of mind knowing there are reliable services to offer support to you and your family.
The 2011 Queensland Floods required hundreds of emergency electricians to help restore power to the 67 affected suburbs. The Brisbane Times recommended residents of the floods to “contact a licensed electrician to do a safety check of wiring and switchboards before turning on the power. All electrical equipment that may have come into contact with floodwaters should also be checked by an electrician before using.”
Power outages can occur in your home or business, and both create stress and hassle. Commercial power outages are veryinconvenient as they creates a loss in production, time and revenue. Businesses must have a contingency plan in place for such incidents to reduce stress, anxiety and uncertainty. Such plans provide guidance to getting things on track again, minimising any productivity losses. In terms of residential power problems, there are three main causes – an overloaded circuit, short circuit or a ground fault.
An overloaded circuit occurs when several electrical devices are on, causing an overload of power. The circuit has a threshold of how much power it can run and when this is exceeded an overload in the circuit occurs. There are a few things which can cause an overloaded circuit- if you have multiple decides connected at once, by using heavy power consuming devices (usually ones which produce heat), or loose connections of cords.
A short circuit is caused when a black wire touches a white wire or there may be a wire tear. A ground fault is similar to a short circuit as it occurs when the black wire touches the copper wire, instead of the white wire. One thing you should look out for when checking for short circuits or ground faults are your cords, if they appear melted or are discoloured, then you may have a circuit problem.
The NSW Department of Fair Trading urges the general public to conduct regular checks of electoral fittings, wirings and switchboards. If there is a problem, a licensed electrician must be called immediately to solve any issues to ensure safety, efficiency and that job has been done correctly.
The Electoral Regulatory Authorities Council Australia New Zealand (ERAC) found that in 2009/10 53% of deaths relating to fixing power outage were attributed to the general public, with 67% of deaths involving installation, appliances or equipment in 2009/2010. These technical issues should always be handled by a trained professional. Sydney Emergency Electricians have a fast and timely response, tackling power problems day or night.
NSW legislation requires residents to have a working smoke alarm on each level of their property. Smoke alarms detect smoke before a sleeping individual can do so. They alert occupants with a loud and distinct sound to ensure everyone is aware of the smoke and can take appropriate precautions, such as to evacuate and/or call 000. A faulty smoke alarm may be over-sensitive or broken, and therefore need repair.
The SEC Group pride themselves on providing customers with a fast and reliable service – absolutely essential in stopping the constant beeping sound emitting from the faulty smoke detector.