If you’re like most home and business owners, you probably don’t think about electrical safety until there’s a problem. And by then, it’s often too late. Electrical accidents can cause serious injuries or even death. That’s why it’s important to have an electrical safety audit done on your home or business regularly. In this blog post, we’ll discuss what an electrical audit is and how to make sure your home and business is safe from electrical hazards.
What is an Electrical Safety Audit?
Electrical safety audits are a systematic examination of a home or business’s electrical equipment and systems to identify potential hazards and recommend corrective action. Audits should be conducted by a qualified electrician who has the knowledge, experience, and training necessary to safely conduct the audits for customers.
The inspection begins with a review of the organization’s electrical equipment and systems. The electrician will look for any potential hazards, such as damaged or frayed electrical cords, exposed live electrical wires, overloaded electrical circuits, and improper grounding. Once the hazards have been identified, the electrician will make recommendations for corrective action. The electrician or contractor conducting the inspection will perform testing of various electrical services for items such as reliability, risk of failure, certification compliance and other criteria as per the objectives and scope of the job.
What are the benefits of an electrical inspection?
It can save lives.
Electrical audits can save lives. It can also prevent injuries, property damage, and business interruption due to electrical accidents. Audits can also help identify problems before they cause an accident and can confirm compliance with workplace or residential certification.
It can save you money on utilities.
An electrical inspection can also save you money on your utility bills. The electrician will look for ways to improve the efficiency of your electrical system, such as upgrading to energy-efficient lighting and appliances and installing solar panels or wind turbines.
Your heating and cooling could be improved.
An energy audit can also reveal problems with your home’s ability to heat and cool itself, so you may take action to address them. There are a lot of ways to make your home more energy efficient—for example, sealing the area around doors and windows may help. It also aids in lowering your utility expenses while simultaneously enhancing your year-round comfort.
It can help you avoid costly repairs.
An electrical inspection can also help you avoid costly repairs. The electrician will identify potential problems and make recommendations for preventive maintenance via a range of testing measures utilised during the inspections. This can help you avoid costly repairs in the future.
It can improve the value of your property.
Electrical audits can also improve the value of your property. If you’re planning to sell your home or business, an up-to-date electrical system will be a selling point.
How often should electrical audits be conducted?
Most experts recommend that an electrical safety inspection be conducted every three to five years. However, the frequency of the audit may be increased or decreased depending on the results of previous audits, the age and condition of the electrical equipment and systems, and any changes in the organization’s operations that could affect electrical safety.
How much does an electrical audit cost?
The cost of electrical safety audits varies depending on the size and complexity of the business or home, as well as the number and type of electrical hazards that are found. However, the benefits of audits far outweigh their cost.
Electrical Safety Audit checklist
We offer a full Electrical safety Audit process, which meets industry standards and compliance laws. The following items are among the many things we check during our comprehensive Electrical safety Audits:
- Check the condition of your meter box
- Inspect the condition of your switchboard
- Make sure power points are in good condition
- Verify that main circuit breaker is installed correctly
- Ensure that all safety devices are functioning properly via physical inspection and test
- Testing of all electrical equipment and appliances
- Inspect the condition of your electrical cords and wiring, particularly exposed wiring or wiring that has been joined with electrical tape
- Look for any potential fire hazards
- Inspect and test switches
- Test and check wiring types and ensure they are functioning correctly
- Inspect the condition of hot water systems and test functionality
- Test exterior electrical appliances including fans, gas, sensor lights, power points.
- Auditing of previously scheduled service maintenance activities
After the audit is complete, you will be provided with a report detailing our findings and recommendations. We will also work with you to develop a plan to address any hazards that were found.
One of the most important things you can do to ensure your home or business is safe from electrical hazards is to have an electrical safety audit conducted regularly. By doing so, you can identify potential problems before they become serious threats to your safety. So don’t wait until there’s a problem to get your home or business audited – make sure it’s done on a regular basis by qualified electricians. It could save your life.
If you have any questions about electrical safety or would like to schedule an audit for your home or business, please contact the friendly electricians at Finnley Electrical today!