As featured in the Sunday Mail TV guide – Trades & Services section 8/2/15
Do you suffer from a plague of powerboards?
The growth in the number of portable and conventional devices means that we frequently have too many adapters and too few powerpoints.
This puts significant strain is put on your home’s electrics. It’s common to “piggyback” (connecting one to another) powerboards in order to use more appliances, but this also creates a substantial safety and fire threat.
Fire Authorities urge all homeowners to always connect heavy-use appliances and devices (TVs, fridges, AC units) through a power outlet rather than a powerboard.
Powerboard Culprit in Fire that Ravages Adelaide Home
A property in the Northern Suburbs was inflicted with $30,000 of damage by a fire originating from a powerboard.
The smell of smoke alerted the homeowners, but the flames quickly engulfed the room, causing extensive damage.
Remember that overloaded powerpoints are responsible for around 15% of all house fires.
Carl is an Expert Electrician working for Sharpe. He has serviced & installed electrical systems all over Adelaide. Carl’s most common question:
Q: Why do my electrics trip when I turn on a powerpoint & does this mean they are unsafe?
A: This may simply be the result of your circuits being unable to cope with the power demand.
However, constant overloading and old age can result in damaged wiring, leading to your electrics tripping more frequently and increasing the risk of a house fire.
Sometimes our inspections reveal the issue to be an internal fault or a poor installation.
Signs and Symptoms: Powerpoint Shortage
- Have you got a powerboard in nearly every room?
- Do you have to use extension cables in many areas?
- Connecting heavy electricity-use appliances (heaters) to powerboards?
- Do your electrics frequently trip?
- Do your power outlets emit strange buzzing sounds and become hot?
If this happens in your house, call a Licensed Electrician immediately.
Only use an Accredited Master Electrician
If an Electrician is a member of Master Electricians Australia, this means you can be sure that the work conducted on your property is of the highest technical and ethical standards.
Master Electricians have to go through a stringent process demonstrating high quality workmanship, adherence to safety, and obey by a lengthy code of practice.
The excellence that comes with being a Master Electrician means any work conducted comes with an automatic 12-month guarantee.
Most people don’t know that that an Accredited Electrician can conveniently increase the number of powerpoints in their home.
Many members of the public are unaware of the potential damage they can do to their electrical circuits by using too many powerboards, and that they are putting themselves in significant danger by using them without installed electrical safety devices such as Safety Switches or Surge Arrestors.
The Legrand Excel Life USB Charger Mechanism is a great solution to your shortage of electrical outlets.
No power boards. Solve the lack of sockets by getting a Sharpe Licensed Electrician to install an integrated USB Powerpoint.
Power multiple devices with only two power sockets.
A Sharpe Electrician will conduct:
- Visual, Electrical & Thermal Testing
- Appliance Safety & Usage Testing
- Switchboard/Meter Board Inspection
- House Electrical Systems Inspection