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It can take years for a professional test and tag technician to become an expert at their craft. There is an enormous variety of appliances in workplaces across the country, and with the flood of imported product showing no sign of letting up, the number of poorly produced appliances grows every day.

Lately we’ve discussed the evolution of technology and what that does and will mean for various industries. The electrical industry may soon be next.

A summary of the tests required under the test and tag standard AS/NZS 3760:2010 including Insulation, Earth, Polarity and Visual inspections.

It is a common misconception that RCDs remove all risk of electric shock or fire. This is not the case, as RCDs are an additional safety measure.

I’m sure if many of us took a walk through our homes we’d find at least one risk: a laptop with a hot base, sitting on a sofa; an overloaded outlet., or an appliance we’ve used for years that we’ve never checked since we bought it. Why is this the case? Why do we walk that home safety tight rope?  

We’re going to discuss the basics of electricity. Ironically, electricity is so powerful and we’re so reliant on it on a daily basis, yet  many people know little about it.  Perhaps more concerning are the myths that many believe today

Metal is an excellentconductor and so metal ladders are a natural hazard around overhead power lines,  but then again so is water. No matter what the ladder is made of, if it’s wet or can get wet, it can create an electrical hazard. Also, most ladders contain metal in some form so it’s best practice to keep  all ladders away from overhead power lines.

We continue looking at the risks that surround the house. However, risks aren’t always in front of you. Don’t forget, before commencing any work around your house, to “look up, look down, look around”!

The last instalment of our series “Electricity: the basics” moves us away from the streets; away from the backyards and front yards…and in to our own homes.