Electrical Safety Tips at Home

Stay safe on the Sunshine Coast with these electrical safety tips. If you need any assistance with electrical safety, contact our team – we are here to help. 

1. Take Action on Faulty Equipment

  • broken enclosures or cracked plastic covers
  • discolouration caused by overheating or moisture
  • water in and around the appliance
  • frayed cords or damaged plugs
  • full or dirty filters

If your appliance is in need of repair or maintenance, book in with our team for warranty and non-warranty repairs.

2. Education

Teach household members about electrical safety, especially children. Emphasize the dangers of playing with electrical outlets or appliances.

3. Use Qualified Electricians

For any electrical work, hire licensed and experienced electricians. Hint – That’s us! DIY electrical work can be dangerous and is illegal. Book an electrician in Noosa and surrounding suburbs here.

4. Never Touch Power Lines

Does that sound obvious to you? Keep a safe distance from power lines, especially during outdoor activities like gardening or using ladders. On the Sunshine Coast, we get powerful storms in Summer – take care to avoid any downed lines. If you encounter one (in South East Queensland) —call Energex on 13 19 62.

5. Turn Off Appliances Before Unplugging

When unplugging devices, turn them off first to avoid sparks or electrical shock.

6. Avoid Running Cords Under Rugs

Cords placed under rugs can become damaged, leading to a potential fire hazard. Keep cords visible and secure. If you’re not sure about your cords or power boards, we can assist with tagging and testing to ensure they are safe and functional.

7. Water & Electricity Don’t Mix

Keep electrical appliances and cords away from water sources. Never handle electrical equipment with wet hands.

8. Childproof Outlets

Install safety covers or tamper-resistant outlets if you have young children to prevent them from inserting objects into electrical outlets.

9. Use RCDs:

Install RCDs (safety switches). RCDs can quickly cut off power in case of electrical faults, reducing the risk of electrical shock. If you’re not sure what these essential devices do, or whether you have them, please read this article to learn more: What do you need to know about RCDs?

10. Use Smoke Alarms:

Ensure your premises are equipped with smoke alarms that meet the new legislation requirements. Learn more about the requirements in this article, or contact our team for smoke alarm testing, sales and installation.

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Do My Smoke Alarms Meet the Current Legislation?

Smoke alarms legislation has changed recently in QLD, and there are more changes coming soon. Ensure your premises are compliant with a smoke alarm solution that meets requirements. In this article, we briefly review the changes and address the important question, ‘Do my smoke alarms meet the current legislation?’

*NOTE: This information is current at 15/8/23 for South East QLD Australia.


From 1 January 2022

From 1 January 2022, at the commencement of a new lease or lease renewal, you must ensure your dwelling / unit meets the requirements of the domestic smoke alarm legislation. This may involve installing interconnected photoelectric smoke alarms into the bedrooms in addition to the currently required smoke alarms. 


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Owner Occupiers:

From 1 January 2017

  • Existing smoke alarms manufactured more than 10 years ago must be replaced with photoelectric smoke alarms which comply with Australian Standards (AS) 3786-2014. (Note: the date should be stamped on the back)
  • Smoke alarms that do not operate when tested must be replaced immediately.
  • Existing hardwired smoke alarms that need replacement, must be replaced with a hardwired photoelectric smoke alarm.

From 1 January 2027

  • All existing private homes, townhouses and units will require photoelectric interconnected smoke alarms. These must be either a hardwired (eg. 240v) or non-removable 10 year battery powered type alarm.

The legislation requires smoke alarms must be installed in the following locations:

  • on each storey
  • in each bedroom
  • in hallways that connect bedrooms and the rest of the dwelling
  • if there is no hallway, between the bedroom and other parts of the storey; and
  • if there are no bedrooms on a storey, at least one smoke alarm must be installed in the most likely path of travel to exit the dwelling.


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Regular Testing

Smoke alarms need to be regularly tested to ensure they are operational, and ready to function when needed most. Contact our team to assess and test your smoke alarms.

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What Do You Need to Know About RCDs (Safety Switches)?

RCD stands for Residual Current Device. They are a safety device used to protect people from electrical shocks and fire hazards caused by earth faults in electrical circuits. The three things you need to know about RCDs are:

  1. They are essential to have
  2. They require regular testing
  3. They are recommended on every circuit by the Electrical Safety Office.

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How Do RCDs Work?

RCDs are located in the switchboard, where they monitor an electrical circuit. They detect changes in the current, which occur when there is a fault or incident involving electricity – for example, you accidentally cut into a, or come into contact with live electrical parts. Without an RCD, this could cause the current to flow through your body causing injury or death by electrocution. The function of the RCD is to detect the change in current and disconnect the power supply to the circuit, saving your life.

Benefits of RCDs:

1. Protection

RCDs provide additional protection against electric shock, reducing the risk of injury or death in the event of an electrical fault.

2. Reduced fire hazards

By quickly disconnecting the power during a fault, RCDs can help prevent electrical fires caused by faulty appliances or wiring.

3. Enhanced safety in Wet Areas

RCDs are particularly important in areas where water is present, such as bathrooms and kitchens, where the risk of electric shock is higher.

4. Complements traditional circuit breakers

RCDs work in conjunction with circuit breakers (overcurrent protection) to offer comprehensive electrical safety.

RCD Testing

In addition to having RCDs as required in your switchboard, they must also be regularly tested to ensure they are functioning as required. This will ensure they are ready to work when they are needed. Book an RCD test with our team to ensure your RCDs are operating properly:

Do I Have an RCD?

If you’re not sure whether you have an RCD or not, you can upload a photo of your switchboard to our website here with the form below and our team can let you know.

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How Do I Know if my Switchboard Needs to Be Updated?

Switchboards are a critical component of a residential electrical system. The switchboard is responsible for distributing power, protecting circuits, and ensuring the safe and efficient use of electricity within the premises. It is crucial to maintain and update your switchboard to ensure electrical safety and compliance with modern electrical standards.

Problems with an outdated switchboard

There are quite a few problems that can occur with an outdated switchboard. Here are some examples:

1. Safety

Switchboards perform a major role in keeping your electrical system, and the people who use it, safe. An outdated switchboard may not include the necessary safety features to perform these important tasks. Outdated switchboards that lack proper protective measures can pose a higher risk of electrical fires, especially if the wiring insulation is deteriorating or if connections are loose.

2. Performance

An outdated switchboard may not have the capacity to handle the electrical demands of your appliances and devices. This can lead to frequent tripping of your circuit breakers, power outages, and reduced efficiency of your electrical system. Also, older switchboards are less likely to offer energy management features or support for energy-efficient technologies. This can result in wasteful energy consumption and higher utility bills.

3. Non-Compliant or Faulty Earthing Systems

Proper earthing is essential for protection against electrical faults and shocks. 

4. Obsolete Components

Over time, components within your switchboard can degrade, corrode, or become worn out. Outdated switchboards might use components that are no longer manufactured or supported, making repairs and maintenance challenging.

5. Non-Compliance

Electrical codes and regulations evolve over time to reflect improved safety standards. An outdated switchboard might not comply with current codes, potentially leading to legal and safety issues.

6. Difficult to Upgrade

If you want to incorporate smart home technology, renewable energy sources, or other modern electrical systems, an outdated switchboard might not have the necessary infrastructure to support these upgrades.

How do you know if your switchboard needs to be updated?

A quick way to find out is to take a photo of your switchboard and send it through to our team. We offer a free assessment on the basis of this visual inspection, then contact you to discuss the status of your switchboard. Simply upload your photo on the form below. 

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  • Access exclusive discounts
  • Join a dedicated private group for all those who purchase for extra support in your green living journey.

Mandy’s book is retailing for $12.95. If you’d like to learn more or make a purchase, visit her website at:

LED Lighting Upgrade – Special Offer

Now is a great time to update your LED lights! Until the end of October 2023, we’re offering a special discount on LED upgrades of $5 off each LED fitted, supplied & installed (minimum 15 fittings). This is a fabulous opportunity to make the most of LED lighting technology, with the potential to save $75 or more on your installation. Terms & conditions apply.

Benefits of LEDs:

Upgrade to LEDs today and reap the benefits of energy efficiency, cost savings, and enhanced lighting experience. 

  • LEDs use up to 90% less energy than traditional bulbs
  • Reduce your electricity bill
  • With a lifespan of up to 25 times longer, you’ll save on replacement costs 
  • Enjoy brighter, clearer illumination that enhances visibility and mood in your space
  • LEDs are eco-friendly, producing fewer greenhouse gases
  • Plus, they emit less heat, making your home safer. 

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