Electrical safety at home
Don’t do your own electrical work
You might think you can save a few dollars by having a go at electrical work yourself…but stop and think – is it worth risking your life or the life of someone you love?
Regardless of whether you own or rent, you should consider having safety switches installed on all circuits. Safety switches protect you, your family and anyone visiting the property from electric shock.
Electrical safety during storms
Storms, floods, cyclones and unpredictable weather are a part of life in Queensland. Be prepared for storm season and follow these tips to make sure you and your home are electrically safe.
Whether you are a homeowner or a tradie, there is one simple thing you can do to make it safer before you go up into the ceiling space - turn off all the main power switches at the switchboard.
Electricity around water
Take care when using electrical appliances or equipment near a swimming pool, pond, water feature, dam or creek.
Solar PV systems
Contact your electrician or installer to maintain or repair any damage to your solar PV system such as loose fittings or exposed cables.
Battery energy storage systems
Make sure a licensed electrician installs your battery energy storage systems. Incorrect installation can lead to electric shock, fire, burns, explosion and exposure to hazardous chemicals.
If you live in an older home your switchboard may still have semi-enclosed rewireable fuses. Follow these steps to safely replace the wire if the fuses blow.
Electrical safety in rental properties
Property owners and managers have a duty under electrical safety laws to ensure their rental property is electrically safe for tenants and people that visit or work on the property.
Shocks and tingles
If anyone in your property feels a tingle or shock from electrical equipment, a tap, or other metal fittings, don’t ignore it—it’s a sign that something’s not right and could be fatal.
Protect your kids from electrical danger
Electricity can be a big risk for little people, so we’ve published resources to help parents and teachers protect kids from electrical risks.