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Top 10 tips for electricity safety at work

Businesses have never relied on electricity more but it’s so easy to forget how dangerous it can be. Our message is to always put safety first, and respect electricity to help keep your business and employees safe.

  1. Install circuit breakers

    These devices protect electrical infrastructure in the event they are overloaded or short circuit. They interrupt the current in an emergency.

  2. Read the instructions on new appliances

    Before installing new appliances, read the instructions to ensure you're aware of any unique safety requirements.

  3. Turn off unused appliances at the wall

    This tip can save lives and energy costs. Turn any non-essential appliances off at the wall when not in use

  4. Repair or replace faulty appliances

    If equipment stops working or is visibly damaged, turn it off and unplug it from the wall to stay safe.

  5. Maintain switches and sockets

    These are just as important as the devices being plugged into them. Only get a trained professional to make repairs.

  6. Be aware of light fixtures

    Even when these are off, they're always connected to live wires. Keep this in mind when working on the property.

  7. Keep track of wiring

    If you're working on the property yourself, ensure you don't disturb the electrical fittings.

  8. Avoid water

    Water and electricity don't mix. Keep the two separated at all times.

  9. Use surge protectors

    Businesses rely on a number of electrical appliances. Use a surge protector where necessary to keep them safe.

  10. Use extension cables safely

    These can be a safety hazard if they're stretched across an area where people walk.

In the event of an emergency, contact Western Power on 13 13 51 to find how best to proceed.