Safety tips text

Safety tips

Be on the front-foot with safety



Safety tips text

Safety tips

Be on the front-foot with safety


Happy homes are safe homes...

In considering everyday safety for you and your family around the home – and even in the workplace – following are some simple tips that will help you save lives.

In the case of electric shock…

1. Disconnect power supply.
2. Check for breathing and pulse. If necessary, start resuscitation.
3. Call 000 for an ambulance.

Note: If breathing is stable, attend to any other injuries. Cool any burns and cover with non-stick dressings. Do not use oils or ointments.

Live in harmony

Live in harmony and respect electricity

Live in harmony

Live in harmony and respect electricity

You might not see it but electricity is all around you, and it has the ability to cause great harm if not handled with kid gloves.

In order to keep your residence electrically safe, we suggest you:

  • Ensure a registered electrician checks your electrical wiring annually.

  • Do not attempt electrical maintenance yourself – even seemingly simple jobs require expert attention from a registered electrician.

  • Avoid piggybacking two or more double adaptors.

  • Only use power boards with built-in safety switches.

  • Ensure electrical appliances are in good working order – high risk appliances include power tools, lamps, light fittings, hair dryers, washing machines, electric kettles, hot pots and stereos.

  • Discard appliances with frayed or damaged cords.

  • Turn lights off before changing a light globe.

  • Avoid using electrical appliances in wet areas.

  • Keep electrical cords away from hot plates and heaters.

  • Always switch off the power to an appliance before unplugging it.

  • Clean the lint filter in your clothes dryer after each use.

  • Check electric blankets for damage at the start of winter.

  • Remove any build-up of materials around the electric motors of exhaust fans.

  • Clean rangehood filters regularly.

  • Clean ovens and cooktops regularly to prevent build-up of spilled fats and burnt foods.

  • Do not spray household cleaners, detergents and insecticides on electrical accessories, as they may cause cracking and corrosion.

  • Do not use water to put out flames caused by an electrical problem.

To protect your children from electrical shock, we suggest you:

  • Switch off and unplug appliances when not in use.

  • Shield unused power points with plastic plug-in covers.

  • Keep all electrical cords out of children’s reach.

  • Educate children about electrical safety.

During a thunderstorm, we suggest you:

  • Do not use a landline telephone (except in an emergency).

  • Turn off and unplug all appliances.

  • Switch off appliances and move away from flammable materials, such as paper and curtains, if you experience a power failure.

  • Avoid downed power lines.

  • Remain in your car if downed power lines are touching your vehicle, and do not touch any metal surfaces until emergency services disconnect the power.

Take control

Take control and operate gas correctly

Take control

Take control and operate gas correctly

Carbon monoxide poisoning from malfunctioning gas appliances is considered the silent killer. It does not reveal itself immediately. It is odourless, colourless and it can be fatal.

In order to keep your home safe from carbon monoxide or other gas incidents, we suggest you:

  • Ensure your gas appliances and fittings are serviced every two years by a registered gasfitter.
  • Follow the service plan suggested by the manufacturer of an appliance or fitting and keep a record of the date of service.
  • Remove clothing and paper from around gas appliances.
  • Be careful of distractions in the kitchen i.e. leaving frying chips unattended.
  • Take care when using flammable products i.e. do not pour petrol, spray aerosols, or store chemicals, pressure packs or store flammable materials (petrol, mineral turpentine, combustible cleaners, etc.) near gas appliances or flues.
  • Be careful near your gas supply, particularly with lawn mowers, brush cutters or digging in the garden.

Further safety tips for both gas and electricity can be found at Energy Safe Victoria.