Before Considering Any Renovations Make Sure You Protect Yourself from Electricity
We all love to plan and manage our own renovations. We get the plans, buy the equipment, check which walls or structure we can safely knock down, but there is one thing that we often forget, electricity. Electricity in the home is one of the biggest dangers; it is the invisible killer that has bought many home renovators unstuck.
Before you start planning your home renovation, get a copy of the plans which include a copy of the wiring diagram of your home. If your house is older, there may not be an easily assessable wiring diagram, but this doesn’t mean you can’t get one. Contact a licensed electrician and have them send someone out to the house to give you advice and peace of mind. You may not need the whole house drawn up, but it is a good idea for the future.
When you have the electrician at your residence, it is a good time to have them go through your home and conduct a comprehensive safety check on your wiring. They will be able to tell you if your wiring is up to code, if there are any possible danger points and if you may need to consider upgrading or replacing any wiring.
Once you have had a professional identity any hazards, it’s important to consider where the electrical cables are running inside of your walls and cavities. You can’t just go driving drills or power saws through the walls or cabinet’s anywhere you like. Even if you aren’t cutting anywhere near the electrical cables, it is vital to have the power not only turned off at the main but locked off. If you don’t think you can handle this, then have a professional come out and show you how to switch off and isolate your mains power.
This way you will be able to renovate with peace of mind knowing that even if you accidentally cut or damage a wire, or someone switches an appliance on everything will be safe. You can’t take any risks when it comes to your family.
RCDs offer a level of personal protection that ordinary fuses and circuit-breakers cannot provide. Fixed RCDs are about 97% reliable which improves if they are tested regularly.