When you think about home safety, you think of how an Austin locksmith or high fence installers can protect your home. You might not immediately associate hiring electricians with an improvement in home safety and security, but the truth is that there are many ways these professionals can help.
Perhaps the most important benefit to hiring qualified electricians is that you are able to have them fully inspect your home. This includes any repairs or modifications that might have been made to your electrical system, but also situations that might lead to dangerous conditions. For instance, if your home is older, the wiring might not be up to the demands of a modern household. This could lead to breakers frequently tripping, but it may also lead to increased risk of a fire. Electricians can also check your home for signs of old aluminium wire that needs to be replaced, signs of rodent damage (or any other type of damage) to your wiring, and faults in the system.
Australia requires homeowners to install RCDs, or safety switches, to prevent the risk of shock or fire in the event of a leak. If a leak is detected, the RCD will shut off the supply of electricity. Only a licensed electrician should install RCDs.
Quality Repairs and Installations
Another way that electricians improve your home’s safety and security is through quality repairs and installations. For instance, anyone with a knife and a roll of electrical tape can splice two wires together, but not everyone can make an on the spot repair that is safe and poses no threat of shock or fire. Another example would be the installation of new lighting or ceiling fans. You or a contractor may be able to do some of the work, but in order to do it safely, and to ensure that the installation does not create a safety threat, it’s advisable to work with licensed electricians.
Installing Smoke Alarms
Installing smoke detectors is a vital part of home safety. There are battery-powered options on the market that require little more than being attached to a flat surface. However, these are not particularly reliable, and it’s always advisable that your smoke detectors be hardwired into your home’s electrical system and have a battery backup for safety in the case of a power outage. Licensed electricians can install smoke detectors properly and tie them into your wiring for peace of mind and reliability.
Installing Security Cameras
Finally, electricians can help with the physical security and threat prevention around your home. As the risk of burglary and home invasion continues to rise, more and more homeowners are looking into the benefits of security cameras. These usually tie into a CCTV system of some sort and allow you to monitor inside and outside of your home at all times for potential threats. Again, battery-powered options are available, but they are costly and unreliable. For true security, you need security cameras installed and tied into your home’s wiring.
These are just a few ways that reputable electricians can help to improve your home’s safety and security. Make sure that you have an electrician in mind for this type of work, and that you turn to them when you need electrical services performed.