NEVER IGNORE the EARLY WARNING SIGNS
ASK THE EXPERT
Question 1: That’s terrible news from Perth about the little girl getting electrocuted when she tried to turn off a garden tap. What’s the chance of it happening to our family?
Answer: Authorities are still determining the exact cause but a WA government spokesperson has urged anyone getting an ELECTRIC SHOCK OFF TAPS or noticing LIGHTS DIMMING to get it professionally investigated. We often get calls from residents complaining of “tingling taps” an EARLY WARNING SIGN of electrical problems.
Q2: What causes “tingling taps”?
A: Some think it’s just static electricity, but it’s actually caused by a bad earth connection. This can easily become a fatal situation if the earth connection isn’t there at all. It can also result in a complete and very DANGEROUS SWITCHBOARD MELTDOWN, as pictured – but there is a simple solution.
Q3: What’s that?
A: COMBINATION SAFETY SWITCHES give your family double protection. A safety switch and circuit breaker are combined into one unit, which will trip if there is an electrical short, eliminating risk of fire and electrocution. Plus, because it is only shutting down the circuit it’s protecting, you won’t lose power to the whole house & it will be easier for an electrician to identify the problem.
Q4: What’s the typical cost?
A: We supply and install a combination safety switch from $165 and complete switchboard upgrades from $680. Book an Electrical Safety Service just to be safe!
A regular Electrical Safety Service and Inspection will help you avoid dangerous and costly damage to your property.
A Sharpe Electrician will conduct:
- Visual, Electrical & Thermal Testing
- Appliance Safety & Usage Testing
- Switchboard/Meter Board Inspection
- House Electrical Systems Inspection
We recommend these checks be done every few years at your home & work.
We recommend an Electrical Safety Service and Check every five years at your home & work.
8 Service Types
6 Trades – 30 Technicians